Annapolis Police Cpl. Jim Olienyk set out Thursday to test the latest high-tech device to catch speeders and wound up in a wild chase that didn't end until the car he was pursuing got stuck in a pool of cement.
To top it off, he captured a man who had gone AWOL from the Calvert County Detention Center's work release program.
The patrol officer was tracking traffic with a new laser gun on Tyler Avenue in Eastport about 2:45 p.m. when a car drove by at 39 mph, 14 mph over the limit.
Corporal Olienyk flagged down the driver, later identified by police as Eddy R. Requilman, 20, of Calvert County, and began writing tickets because the three passengers were drinking beer in the car.
The driver took off, squealing down Summerfield Drive and Woods Road, with the officer close behind.
At the corner of Janwal Street and Woods Road, Requilman jumped out of the car and the woman next to him slid behind the wheel, cruising into a construction site, police said.
The chase came to an end when she drove into a freshly poured house foundation and got stuck, police said.
Requilman was cornered in the woods and captured.
He and the woman who took over the wheel, identified as Kristen L. Weaver, 18, of Huntingdon, were charged with fleeing and eluding police, negligent driving and having an open container in the car.
Police also charged Requilman with driving with a revoked license and giving a false name to police.
Two passengers in the back seat, David R. Reed, 26, of Owings, and Kenneth W. Satterfield, 21, of the 1100 block of Primrose Court, Annapolis, were charged with having open beer containers in the car.
Requilman was supposed to be in Calvert County, where he was on a work-release program, police said.
He was turned over to Calvert County authorities to be taken to prison.
The others were released on their own recognizance, police said.
Calvert county officials conceded they "had a problem" with a work release prisoner Thursday, but would not provide details.