Elicott City/elkridge

November 23, 1992

Police break off car chase; later arrest man after crash

An 18-year-old Baltimore man was arrested early yesterday after allegedly leading Howard County police on a 15-minute 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 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 police later learned was 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 nTC 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 late yesterday afternoon.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 7800 block Farmstone Court: A homemade scarecrow worth $10 was stolen from the doorway of a house between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. A pumpkin also was taken from the house and then smashed.

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