Chase in Crownsville leads to man's arrest on charges of theft

August 14, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A chase through the streets of Crownsville Saturday led to the arrest of a Glen Burnie man on theft charges, county police said.

David Roy Bogdanowicz, 28, of the 7900 block of Allard Court also was charged with theft of tags, fleeing and eluding, driving without a license, negligent driving, operating an unregistered vehicle and other traffic violations.

He was treated at North Arundel Hospital for injuries sustained during his capture, and released.

Officer Stephen J. Belenski was on his way to a house under construction at Button Wood Trail and Kyle Road in Crownsville shortly after midnight to check on a report of a man loading lumber into the back of a car.

While he was on his way, police dispatch broadcast a description of a car suspected in a burglary. The officer saw a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron station wagon fitting that description as he turned from Sunrise Beach Road onto Old Herald Harbor Road, police said.

Belenski turned around, turned on his emergency lights and tried to stop the car, but the driver did not obey initially. The driver finally stopped at Sunrise Beach Road near Waterbury Heights, police said.

Belenski told the man to turn off his car and put his hands out the window. The man looked out the window at the officer, turned off the car lights and sped off, police said.

The officer followed the car down Waterbury Heights as lumber fell from the trunk, police said. The officer slowed down and watched the car as it continued down the dead-end street.

Moments later, the officer went to the dead end and checked two driveways, finding lumber in one of them, police said.

Belenski also found the station wagon with its front end buried in a pile of dirt. The engine was still running but the driver was gone, police said.

A police dog soon arrived and tracked the suspect up a wooded trail to a truck. Police ordered the man from the truck, threatening to let the dog loose, but he refused to comply. Police released the dog, which pulled the man from the truck by his face, police said.

The tags on the car were reported stolen July 26.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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