Crash after police chase results in weapons charges

June 17, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Baltimore police charged a man yesterday with weapons violations stemming from a car chase Tuesday during which the suspects allegedly threw two handguns and ammunition out of their vehicle before they crashed head-on into a city-owned truck.

Eugene Rowlett, 34, of the 1600 block of Winford Road in Northeast Baltimore, was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and transporting firearms, said Sam Ringgold, a city police spokesman.

Charges were brought because investigators claimed they saw someone in the car throw two guns and ammunition out a window as police tried to pull them over. Police said the weapons were picked up by a passing motorist and had not been recovered as of last night.

Court records show Mr. Rowlett has prior convictions for robbery and drug violations.

The car was being tailed by city police and federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents after Mr. Rowlett and another man were seen buying .50-caliber ammunition at the Valley Gun Shop in Parkville, police said.

Federal and city officers who were in the shop on other business became suspicious and followed the men. As they attempted to pull the car over because it was registered to someone who had been convicted of drug and handgun violations, the suspects threw two guns and cartridges of ammunition from their car and sped off, police said.

The car soon collided with a truck in Druid Hill Park, injuring two municipal workers, William Smith, 56, and Edwin Walker, 30. Both have been discharged from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Police said that charges against the driver of the car, Warren O. Davis, 24, of the 2800 block of W. North Ave. in West Baltimore, are pending his release from the medical center, where he was in fair condition yesterday.

Another passenger in the car, Erica M. Williams, 28, of the 4500 block of Westchester Road in Northwest Baltimore, was questioned and released from police custody.

Investigators said they also seized ammunition for both a .357-caliber Magnum and a 10 mm handgun from the car after the crash.

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