Police arrest theft suspect after chase on highways Man, 27, is also charged with first-degree assault, destruction of property

September 27, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man with a record of theft convictions was being held on $105,000 bond yesterday at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, charged with fleeing police in a stolen station wagon twice last week.

Police say the latest incident ended in a crash and his arrest.

State police said Kenneth T. Brunetti, 27, who had addresses in Owings Mills and Millersville, was charged with three counts of first-degree assault, destruction of property, fleeing and eluding police, and driving on a suspended license.

Authorities said Brunetti was being sought by county police as a suspect in the theft of a Volvo station wagon Sept. 14 in Anne Arundel.

Police said he eluded officers in a chase in the vehicle early last week.

State police said they were notified of Brunetti's whereabouts early Friday by a woman who alleged he had stolen her purse several days earlier.

She called from a pay telephone after seeing him near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway south of the Baltimore Beltway, police said.

They said that when they approached the 1987 station wagon, the driver fled south on the parkway to Route 175 and Route 170, and then into north to Baltimore, where the car crashed into a guardrail at Annapolis Road and South Monroe Street. The chase lasted 20 minutes, police said.

Brunetti was jailed after treatment of minor injuries at Harbor Hospital Center, police said.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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