Police officer hurt during 120-mile car chase sues driver, insurance company $200,100 sought in 1991 incident

November 17, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 22-year-old Glen Burnie man who led police on a 120-mile chase that involved 46 police cars and a police helicopter was sued yesterday by a police officer injured in the pursuit.

Edward T. Crenshaw, 22, of Glen Burnie, "disregarded the safety of others" when he took to the highways in his 1987 Ford Ranger on the early morning hours of July 23, 1991, according to the suit.

The Anne Arundel Circuit Court suit, filed by Officer William R. Krampf and Anne Arundel County, seeks $200,100 from Mr. Crenshaw and from the police officer's insurance company, State Farm Mutual Auto.

The suit alleges that Mr. Crenshaw was uninsured at the time of the accident. Although the officer's car insurance contains an uninsured driver clause, State Farm has refused to pay the claim, according to the suit.

Mr. Crenshaw led county police on an hour and 45-minute chase that wound through most of the northern part of the county and twice through the Harbor Tunnel, at speeds as high as 90 mph.

He was sentenced in April 1992 to one year in prison after his conviction on assault and traffic charges.

The chase started shortly after midnight, when police got a call from his wife, Dana Crenshaw, who said he had threatened her.

Mr. Crenshaw ignored an officer who spotted him near his house on the 400 block of Elwell Court and sped north on Interstate 97, zigzagging through Glen Burnie via Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Ritchie Highway and the Harbor Tunnel Thruway.

During the chase, officers threw flares and fire extinguishers from bridge overpasses to slow down the vehicle. The ranking officer on the scene, a captain, was later fined $1,000 and a sergeant was suspended for 15 days for violating department policies.

Two other officers, Paul Deinlein and Officer Krampf, joined the chase.

Officer Deinlein pulled up on the right side of Mr. Crenshaw's truck in an attempt to ease him to the side of the road.

Crenshaw allegedly turned his pickup truck into the officer's car. Officer Deinlein swerved left, hit a cement barrier and spun into Officer Krampf's car, police said.

The officers were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were treated for neck and back injuries.

Mr. Crenshaw eventually returned to Elwell Court, where he was surrounded and arrested without incident, police said.

The suit says that Officer Krampf injured his head, neck, body and limbs, was out of work for "some period of time" and "will become obligated to pay great sums of money for medical treatment."

His attorney, Jeff Horowitz, said he couldn't recall how long the officer was out of work, but said he has since returned to his duties with the Police Department.

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