A Lutherville man driving with a revoked license was arrested yesterday after a high speed chase that started in West Virginia when a motorist allegedly tried to run over two deputy sheriffs there and ended in Frederick County after the fleeing driver rammed a police cruiser.
Cpl. Tom Winebrenner of the Frederick County Sheriff's department said his office received a call from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in West Virginia that a possible drunken driver in a sports utility vehicle had tried to run down two deputy sheriffs -- who were on foot -- before driving north into Maryland.
Corporal Winebrenner said he saw the vehicle -- a four-wheel drive Isuzu Trooper -- about 3 a.m. on Route 17. He pursued the the Trooper in his patrol car north for five miles through Burkittsville into Middletown, reaching speeds of 80 mph. The vehicle went out of control on Braddock Mountain and slid off the road, the corporal said.
The driver then put the Trooper in reverse, drove backward onto the road and rammed the front of Corporal Winebrenner's police cruiser. The man kept driving backward until he hit a wall. Three police cruisers then surrounded the man, who put the Trooper into four-wheel drive and was "trying to drive over us," the corporal said. He said his police cruiser sustained more damage before the Trooper came to a stop.
It took three police officers to pull the struggling man out of the Trooper. The entire chase took about 45 minutes from the time West Virginia authorities called, Corporal Winebrenner said.
The Sheriff's department charged Steven Holt Shrewsbury, 32, of the first block of Croftley Road in Lutherville with assault with intent to maim, assault and battery of two police officers, resisting arrest, destruction of property, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing and eluding police, driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked drivers' license.
Corporal Winebrenner said Mr. Shrewsbury identified himself as a self-employed general contractor. He was being held yesterday at the Sheriff's Department lockup pending a bail hearing.