Man sentenced for fleeing police, drunken driving CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park

March 31, 1993

A 25-year-old Severna Park man has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges stemming from an incident in July in which he led police on a high-speed chase through four counties that ended when he was wounded.

Shawn Alfred Chowanetz of the 1200 block of Purnell Road received the sentence Monday after Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. reviewed his criminal history.

Chowanetz has been convicted of drunken driving five times and three times of fleeing and eluding police, Judge Thieme noted.

The most recent incident started about 12:45 a.m. July 25 when county police arrived at a 7-Eleven at Jumpers Hole Road and Benfield Boulevard to investigate a report of shoplifting.

Fred Paone, assistant state's attorney, said police first spotted Chowanetz in a stolen red Dodge Daytona, heading north on Ritchie Highway. As officers tried to stop the car, Chowanetz repeatedly crossed the median to avoid them.

Police chased him to the Baltimore Beltway, then through parts of Baltimore and Howard counties until state police stopped the car on Interstate 70 in Frederick County.

Twice during the chase Chowanetz tried to run down police who were approaching his car, Mr. Paone said. In Frederick County, he stopped, then started again, but police shot at the tires of the car until he stopped.

Chowanetz was treated for a gunshot wound to his right arm at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Chowanetz pleaded guilty to assault with intent to avoid apprehension, drunken driving, fleeing and eluding police and reckless driving, Mr. Paone said.

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