Fleeing driver damages three patrol cars

September 02, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

The Maryland State Police got their man, but three patrol cars were damaged in a pursuit on Route 194 that started in Frederick and ended in the Taneytown area of Carroll County about 3:45 p.m. yesterday.

Officers said the driver of the fleeing vehicle struck a utility pole, a dump truck and the three patrol cars before police stopped him on Francis Scott Key Highway (Route 194).

The chase started in the city of Frederick when the driver was pulled over for a traffic violation, police said. They said he drove away and attempted to lose pursuing police cars by speeding along county roads before heading north on Route 194.

State police said the 40-minute chase started about 3:06 p.m., as Frederick County schools were letting out. The state police helicopter stationed at Frederick was dispatched to follow the fleeing auto.

Police were told to limit their speed because of the school buses and children on the roads and to let the helicopter keep the fleeing car in sight until police could block it.

One trooper received a minor injury when his car was struck by the fugitive vehicle and was to be taken to a hospital for an examination.

Details of the chase and the name of the driver were not immediately available.

Police were to consult with the state's attorney to determine if the driver will be charged with traffic violations or with assault if the crashes involving the police cars appeared to be deliberate.

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