Driver dies in police chase

September 23, 1992

A 31-year-old Middle River man being chased in a car by police early today in eastern Baltimore County was killed when the car crashed into a tree near the Tidewater Apartments in Bowleys Quarters.

Police identified the victim as Kenneth Lee Adams, 31, of 2 Oak Grove Drive.

Sgt. Carl Carter of the Essex District said Officer Kurt Nuffer was on patrol about 2 a.m. when he saw a car turn left onto Stemmers Run Road without stopping for a red light at Eastern Avenue.

For the next several minutes, Officer Nuffer pursued the car east on Stemmers Run Road at speeds reaching 70 mph.

Joining in the pursuit, which covered at least seven miles, was Officer David Rose.

During the pursuit, the driver attempted to elude the officers by going down darkened side roads.

When the car passed the entrance of the Tidewater Village Apartments at a high rate of speed and crested a hill near Marshy Point, the driver lost control of the vehicle on a curve.

The car ran off the roadway and crashed into a tree, investigators said.

Sergeant Carter said Officer Nuffer, who was following the auto, drove past the scene of the crash without seeing the car.

Following Officer Nuffer was Officer Rose, who spotted the wreck and notified Officer Nuffer.

Sergeant Carter said the driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

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