Baltimore man arrested after car chase

November 23, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Baltimore man was arrested early yesterday after leading Howard County police on a 15-minute car chase from Ellicott City to Catonsville.

Police said they broke off the chase on Interstate 70 because of the rain-slicked road -- but a few minutes later, the suspect apparently lost control of the car he was driving and hit a guardrail on the Baltimore Beltway.

David Lee Jacobs, of the 2900 block of Hudson St., was charged with auto theft and destruction of property. He was not injured in the single-car accident.

Officer John Parot said police were called to the Normandy Woods apartment complex in the 3100 block of Normandy Woods Drive to check out a suspicious car about 3:30 a.m.

When they arrived, two men ran away, leaving a car later found to be stolen. A third man jumped into another car and drove off.

Two county patrol cars chased the suspect as he drove west on U.S. 40, north on U.S. 29 and east on I-70. Officer Parot said the officers broke off the chase on the highway halfway between U.S. 29 and the Baltimore Beltway.

But police continued at normal speed to the Beltway to return to headquarters and found that the car they were chasing had run off the highway and struck a guardrail at the U.S. 40 interchange.

A Howard County police spokesmen could not provide any other information yesterday, including the make of the cars or how fast the suspect was driving. The spokesman said that the two men who ran away at the apartment complex were still being sought yesterday afternoon.

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