Man charged in high-speed police chase Troopers say he stole car from Laurel gas station

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 and leading several state police cruisers 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 violations. An outstanding burglary warrant also was served on him.

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

Debra Lynn Smith of the 6700 block of Second Morning Court told Howard County police that someone stole her green 1992 Dodge Shadow about 10: 20 a.m. while she was getting gas at the Crown gas station on Route 216 in Laurel.

A trooper from the Waterloo Barracks saw a car fitting that description 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.

As troopers approached the vehicle, it sped east on Route 100, south on U.S. 1 and east on Route 176. The car then turned onto the northbound lanes of Route 295, but heading south.

About 15 minutes later, troopers spotted the car traveling north on Route 295 near Interstate 195 in Linthicum. State police followed the car onto West Nursery Road. The car struck a curb and stopped, and police made their arrest.

No one was injured in the chase, police said.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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