Man charged with auto theft after leading police on chase

June 26, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A Fort Meade man was arrested Monday morning and charged with stealing a Columbia woman's car in Laurel and leading state police on a high-speed chase through western Anne Arundel County.

Charles William Queen, 31, of the 1600 block of Annapolis Road was charged with auto theft and numerous traffic counts. He also was charged on an outstanding burglary warrant.

Queen is being held on $50,000 bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

The incident began about 10: 20 a.m. when the victim, Debra Lynn Smith of the 6700 block of Second Morning Court in Columbia's Owen Brown village, told Howard County police that someone stole her car while she was getting gas at the Crown gas station on Route 216 in Laurel.

A trooper from the Waterloo barracks saw the green 1992 Dodge Shadow northbound on Interstate 95 in Howard County and alerted other officers. With several police cars in pursuit, the car struck a guardrail north of the Route 175 exit.

But as troopers approached the vehicle, the driver sped off, driving east on Route 100, south on U.S. 1, and east on Route 176. When troopers caught up to the car, the driver turned onto the northbound lanes of Route 295 and headed south.

About 15 minutes later, troopers observed the car northbound on Route 295 near Interstate 195 in Linthicum. State police resumed the pursuit, and the driver exited onto West Nursery Road.

But the car struck a curb, disabling it. The driver was arrested without further incident. No one was injured, police said.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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