Suspect is captured after 3-county chase Stolen car finally strikes police cruiser.

April 20, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A 20-year-old man, who state police say stole a car and led them on a 23-mile chase through three counties, is scheduled for a bail review hearing today in Howard County District Court.

Thomas Charles Langston, of no fixed address, was charged with a variety of offenses including assault and battery, theft and reckless driving in connection with yesterday's chase that ended in Howard County when the stolen car broke down after hitting a police cruiser.

He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

State police said the chase started in Mount Airy at about 10 a.m. when a trooper went to investigate a suspicious person sitting in a 1983 Chrysler Cordova off Ridgeville Boulevard. Police said the car was reported stolen last month from Worcester County.

When the trooper drove near the vehicle, the driver sped off, heading north on Ridge Road, the state police said.

From there, police chased the car up Ridge Road and east on Liberty Road into Baltimore County, where the suspect drove around some roads and ended up back in Carroll County, heading south on Washington Road.

The chase at times reached speeds of 80 mph.

Police said the suspect headed east on Liberty Road again and drove around several roads in Baltimore County, then turned around and drove back into Carroll County.

The car's driver headed into Howard County on Marriottsville Road, where state police set up a rolling road block as the car neared Interstate 70.

State Police Sgt. Robert A. Jones, of the Waterloo Barracks, said the man intentionally rammed a police car driven by Sgt. Raymond Wojcik, of the Frederick Barracks, who suffered a neck injury. He was treated and released from Howard County General Hospital.

Sergeant Jones said the stolen Cordova broke down after the collision and rolled to a stop, ending the chase at 10:20 a.m. He said Mr. Langston tried to run away but was quickly caught. The man was treated at the scene for a wrist injury.

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