Man is charged with theft after high-speed car chase

November 04, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Severna Park man suspected in an Elkridge car-jacking Saturday morning after a high-speed car chase and foot pursuit Sunday, police said.

Shawn Alfred Chowanetz, 30, of the 1200 block of Purnell Road, was charged with auto theft, fleeing and eluding, driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license, said Carol Frye of Anne Arundel police.

Police reports indicated that the arrest came after Anne Arundel County police pursued the 1992 Buick Century taken in the Saturday car-jacking. Sgt. Steven E. Keller of Howard County police said there is the possibility that further charges will be lodged against the suspect.

On Saturday morning, a 78-year-old man was returning to his car in the Elkridge Corners Shopping Center when a man approached from behind, Keller said.

He took the man's wallet and threatened to "rough up" the victim if he didn't turn over his car keys, Keller said.

After the victim handed over the keys to his Buick, the robber drove away, Keller said.

Anne Arundel County police say that the 3-mile car chase began about 2: 40 a.m. Sunday when an officer spotted a Buick speeding on Route 2.

Shortly after the chase began, the car stopped, a passenger sprinted away and the car sped off again, Frye said.

The officer followed the Buick until the driver lost control, stopped the car and fled, Frye said.

A suspect was arrested after a short foot chase, Frye said.

Chowanetz was being held last night at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of a $125,000 bail.

Police are looking for the passenger who fled the car, Frye said. He is described as a white male with a short build, wearing a white shirt and black pants.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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