Police catch carjacking suspect in N.J. after high-speed chase

March 26, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A Washington man suspected of abducting a woman in a Howard County carjacking led area police in a high-speed pursuit yesterday evening before being captured in Morristown, N.J.

L The chase covered at least 170 miles in less than two hours.

Christopher Bradley, 21, is being held in the Camden County, N.J., Detention Center pending extradition to Maryland. He is charged with assaulting a Morristown police officer and faces other charges.

Lt. Robert Scruggs, of the Waterloo Barracks, said the man was driving his mother's Buick north on Interstate-95 at 7:45 p.m. yesterday in Laurel when the car became disabled in a minor accident.

He said Mr. Bradley ran across nearby Md. Route 216, where he ran in front of a car driven by Jane M. Rohde, 22, of the 600 block of Wyeth St. in Baltimore, forcing her to stop.

Entering her car, the man allegedly hit her in the face and told her to drive off.

After entering northbound I-95, the car headed east on the Baltimore Beltway at speeds exceeding 75 mph, said the lieutenant.

At Wilkens Avenue, the car left the Beltway and headed east before stopping near a shopping center at Wilkens Avenue and Maiden Choice Lane.

Hoping there was a policeman at the shopping center, the

woman slowed down.

The man pushed her out of the car and drove off, heading east on the Beltway.

The woman reported the abduction to county police, who attempted to locate the vehicle.

On Interstate-95 near the Beltway in White Marsh, the car was spotted by State and county police and pursued at speeds nearing 100 mph.

In Elkton, Cecil County, the car rammed a police car three times before entering Delaware, where more police joined the pursuit.

Still on Interstate-95, the car entered New Jersey at high speed before stopping in a rolling road block by several police cars, one of which was rammed by the suspect. The man was arrested without further incident.

Lieutenant Scruggs said no drugs were found in the man's abandoned Buick.

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