Pennsylvania man arrested after highway chase Stolen truck caught after gas theft

December 27, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A 35-year-old Pennsylvania man, who state police said led them on a chase from Westminster to Glen Burnie in a stolen truck yesterday afternoon, was charged with traffic violations, theft and assaulting an officer.

Thomas Edward Cady of Waynesboro, Pa., who was being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, was also charged with resisting arrest and fleeing police.

State Police Sgt. Tom Long said troopers were called to a Citgo gas station on Route 140 in Westminster about noon because a customer had refused to pay $14 for gas he had pumped. The customer, driving a blue Chevrolet pickup truck, had left the station by the time troopers arrived, but he soon was spotted on I-795 near Route 140.

Refusing to stop for police, the driver of the truck, continued to dTC the Baltimore Beltway and headed south toward Anne Arundel County, Sergeant Long said. By then, the police in pursuit had discovered through computer checks that the truck had been reported stolen in Waynesboro yesterday.

Because of heavy traffic, authorities called off the chase at the Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

A short time later, State Trooper M. W. Smith of the Glen Burnie barracks spotted the truck on the Beltway and followed it south on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, police said.

Trooper Smith tried without success to stop the driver. The truck crossed the median strip of the parkway several times.

When Trooper Smith pulled in front of the truck in the southbound lane, Mr. Cady rammed the back of the police cruiser, then hit it again on the driver's side, police said.

When the truck stalled near West Nursery Road, police said, Mr. Cady jumped out and tried to run away before Trooper Smith caught him.

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