Harford man held in robbery of Joppa bank

November 11, 1995|By STAFF REPORT

A Harford County man will be celebrating his 29th birthday in jail today, accused of robbing a Joppa bank and leading state troopers on a brief chase before the getaway car collided with a police cruiser.

The robbery occurred at 9:45 a.m. yesterday at the Harford National Bank on Riviera Drive, where a man implied he had a weapon, handed a note to a teller demanding money and got more than $4,500, police said.

The suspect was seen fleeing in a blue Toyota Corolla later found to have stolen Maryland tags. Tfc. David Hopp spotted it on Interstate 95, after the driver paid his toll entering Cecil County.

As the police began pursuit, the driver took the first exit onto U.S. 222 and then U.S. 40, traveling at speeds reaching 80 mph before the Toyota collided with a cruiser operated by Cpl. Paul Quill. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

Charged with robbery and held in the Harford County Detention Center was Brian Alan Kline, who had no fixed address but formerly lived in the Joppatowne area, the county sheriff's office said.

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