A 32-year-old man, wanted in connection with several smash and grab burglaries in the Manchester and Hampstead areas, was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he crashed in a police chase at speeds of up to 100 mile per hour on Hanover Pike early yesterday.
The man remained in critical condition at the trauma center last night, hospital officials said.
Police said the suspect had fled from police, repeatedly rammed a marked patrol car, lost control of his auto and was ejected from the vehicle near Deep Run Road in the Melrose area.
State police said they received a telephone call about 2:40 a.m. that a man wanted in connection with a rash of cigarette thefts along the Route 30 corridor was driving a white convertible, possibly headed toward Hampstead.
Soon Cpl. Robert H. Hahn of the state police saw such a vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour during the seven-mile chase through Manchester and Hampstead.
As the pursuit continued, other troopers joined it. The driver of the convertible rammed the patrol car of Tfc. Pobert S. Miller on Route 30 near Deep Run Road, police said.
The suspect lost control of the convertible and was ejected. He ** received head and facial injuries and was flown to the trauma center.
Trooper Miller was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment for minor injuries, authorities said.
Investigators said the suspect was wanted for questioning in about 10 burglaries from gasoline stations, liquor stores and other shops. Most of the thefts involved only cigarettes and were in northern Carroll County, they said.
Officers said knew the suspect's name before the chase, but do not know his address.