Distraught man leads police on chase through heavy traffic

September 21, 1994

A distraught man led police on a chase through quiet city neighborhoods and heavy traffic, evading three road blocks and twice ramming a police car before crashing into a tree just west of the city, police said.

No one was hurt during the chase, which involved at least 12 police vehicles and a Maryland State Police helicopter, and reached speeds of 50 mph.

Police said they were called to the home of Todd Pendleton, 51, after neighbors complained that he was standing in his yard and yelling.

Mr. Pendleton jumped into his car when police approached him and tried to run down a state trooper, police said. The man then led police and state troopers on the chase, which ended when his car crashed into a tree, police said.

Mr. Pendleton was admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation, said Trooper L. D. Martin. Police won't decide whether to file charges until the evaluation is completed, Trooper Martin said.

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