Police arrest D.C. man after chase on I-95

September 03, 1994|By Shirley Leung | Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer

Maryland State Police have charged a 63-year-old Washington, D.C., man with two traffic violations after a high-speed chase on Interstate 95 that involved seven police cars, caused five accidents and injured four people.

Police reported that they began pursuing a 1989 Jaguar that a trooper clocked at 110 mph on northbound I-95 near Edgewood shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday.

According to police, the driver failed to stop for police and drove through the toll booth at the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge before crossing the Susquehanna River into Cecil County.

The suspect encountered traffic near Route 272 near North East and tried to pass cars on the left shoulder, police said. As he did, the Jaguar knocked a side mirror off another vehicle. Then the man drove onto the right shoulder beside the northbound lanes.

As marked and unmarked police cars approached the Jaguar, the driver struck a car and knocked it into another vehicle, troopers reported. Marked police cars that were chasing the Jaguar braked and slid into two other cars.

Troopers arrested the man when he stopped after the last crash.

Four people in vehicles during the melee were sent to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace Thursday night for treatment of minor injuries. No troopers were hurt, police reported.

The Jaguar's driver, Graeme James Thompson, was charged with fleeing and eluding police and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He was held in the Cecil County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, said a spokesman for the Cecil County's Sheriff's Office.

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