Man steals police car, leads chase Accokeek resident held after crash

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

A 26-year-old Southern Maryland man stole a marked police car in Anne Arundel County early yesterday, led authorities on a seven-mile chase and tried to run down one officer before crashing into a guardrail, police said.

Andrew Eugene Elgin, of the 700 block of Farmington Road West, in Accokeek, was charged with many traffic violations, driving while intoxicated, theft, possession of marijuana and two counts of assault with intent to murder.

Police said an officer had to jump onto the trunk of his car to avoid being struck by the Anne Arundel County police cruiser driven by Mr. Elgin. That officer fired several shots at the car, but apparently missed.

The incident began about 2 a.m., when officers came to a home in the 300 block of Highland Drive in Glen Burnie after a report of a disorderly man banging on doors in the neighborhood.

The officers sent Mr. Elgin on his way, but he jumped into an idling cruiser in the driveway and sped off, police said.

Officer Dennis Matteo chased him in another police car, catching up about a half mile away.

The cruiser driven by the suspect -- even with a tire flattened when it struck a curb -- reached 40 mph, before hitting another curb and stopping at the Olde Mill Road and Veterans Highway in Millersville. Officer Matteo stopped his cruiser in front of the car.

As the officer got out, Mr. Elgin "veered his vehicle directly at Officer Matteo," and the officer jumped on his trunk to escape, a police statement said.

Officer Matteo fired shots at the car as it sideswiped his cruiser. The car continued north on Veterans Highway.

Mr. Elgin was arrested a few minutes later after crashing the cruiser into a guardrail on Veterans Highway. He was treated at North Arundel Hospital for minor injuries.

Officer Matteo and a passenger in his cruiser, Officer Martin Freeman, were treated for minor leg injuries at North Arundel Hospital.

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