Routine check on vehicle's tags leads police to recovery of 2 stolen cars suspect arrested

July 29, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

What started as a routine check on a vehicle's tags in Ellicott City last weekend turned into a chase involving a car driving in reverse, police dogs and a helicopter, eventually leading to the arrest of an 18-year-old man and the recovery of two stolen cars, Howard County police said.

About 10 p.m. Sunday, police Officer Guy Williams, suspicious of the driver of a Subaru Legacy that was on Rogers Avenue, ran the check, police said.

As Williams learned that the car had been reported stolen, the Subaru quickly turned onto Oak West Drive, a short, dead-end street, police said.

The car turned around and headed toward Williams, who got out of his cruiser and drew his handgun, police said.

The driver stopped the Subaru and reversed on Oak West Drive. Williams gave chase in his police cruiser and the Subaru slammed into a tree and the driver fled, police said.

Police dogs and a helicopter were called in, and an 18-year-old was arrested after a short chase.

Police said that after questioning the suspect, they recovered a second stolen Subaru nearby.

Charged with first-degree assault, motor vehicle theft and malicious destruction of property is Donnil Wayne Lee of the 8600 block of Town and Country Blvd., Ellicott City.

Pub Date: 7/29/98

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