Brothers charged in theft of hubcaps One also charged with DWI

November 07, 1996|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Two men were charged with the theft of a set of hubcaps early yesterday after officers stopped them for suspected DWI, Howard County police said.

Brothers Kirk J. Chase, 32, and Christopher V. Chase, 35, both of Elliott City, were driving near the 6200 block of U.S. 1 in Elkridge when officers stopped their brown sedan for speeding, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a Howard police spokesman.

As an officer gave a Breathalyzer test to the younger Chase brother, Douglas Lee Austin Sr., 48, of Halethorpe drove up in a green 1976 Corvette Stingray. Austin told officers that he believed the two motorists had taken his car's hubcaps, police reports said.

Austin said he heard a commotion outside his home at 1: 45 a.m. and saw a vehicle pulling away from his garage and his Corvette. Austin said he followed the car south along U.S. 1 to Elkridge, where he came upon the police scene.

"I just thought I'd ride around until they stopped, then call the police," Austin said yesterday. "I wanted to find the guys who took them, but there's only so much you'll do for some hubcaps."

Four hubcaps fitting the description given by Austin were found on the back seat of the Chases' car, officers said.

Austin estimates that the hubcaps are worth $75 each.

Kirk Chase was charged with theft of hubcaps worth more than $300, driving while intoxicated and of driving 57 mph in a 40-mph zone.

Christopher Chase was charged with theft of the hubcaps.

The men were being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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