Man critically hurt in 120-mph chase

October 13, 1994|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer

A Dundalk man suspected of drunken driving was critically injured early yesterday in a crash in Glenelg after a 15-minute police chase that reached speeds of 120 mph.

A red Pontiac Fiero driven by Frederick Eugene Grudinsky, 50, of the 200 block of S. Woodwell Ave. crashed about 2:15 a.m. on Route 32 north near Ivory Road. Moments before the crash, police said, the driver had turned off his headlights in an attempt to evade police.

"He was doing roughly 120 when he reached the curve at West Ivory and obviously lost it," said state police Trooper William Lasner of the Waterloo Barracks. "When I came around the curve, he had crashed."

Mr. Grudinsky apparently was thrown through the windshield, and the car flipped three or four times before landing on him, Trooper Lasner said.

It took about 40 minutes for a tow truck to move the car and free Mr. Grudinsky, the trooper said.

A state police Med-Evac helicopter took the victim to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious condition last night.

The chase began several minutes before 2 a.m. after Trooper Lasner stopped the red Fiero, which he said had been weaving in traffic while traveling west on Interstate 70, east of Route 32.

The driver smelled of alcohol and failed a preliminary breath test, Trooper Lasner said. While the trooper was at his car talking to a TC woman who had been a passenger in the Fiero, the driver took off.

Trooper Lasner chased the Fiero along a four-mile stretch of Route 32, south of Interstate 70. At least a dozen police cars, some from the Howard County Police Department, joined the chase.

Charges have not been filed.

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