Police chase ends in collision

Three hurt when robbery suspect rams vehicle on U.S. 1

June 29, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef and Dail Willis | Nancy A. Youssef and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A man suspected of burglary in Baltimore County led police on an 18-mile chase that reached 90 mph before ending early yesterday morning in Howard County when the man drove into a Jeep at the intersection of Whiskey Bottom Road and U.S. 1, police reported.

David B. Martin, 24, and his fiancee, Maureen McCarthy, 25, both of the 9200 block of Livery Lane in North Laurel, were rushed to hospitals. He was treated and released from Laurel Regional Hospital, but she remains in stable condition in Prince George's Hospital Center.

The couple, who were riding in the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, were planning on getting married Saturday in Fort Myer, Va., Martin said.

The suspect, Timothy Sean Traynor, 31, of Chevy Chase, was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

The pursuit began just before midnight Sunday in Woodlawn, on the west side of Baltimore County, said Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Vickie Warehime.

A smash-and-grab burglary -- the 12th in the area since the end of May -- was reported at 11: 43 p.m. at the China Wong Buffet in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court in Woodlawn, police said. A window was broken, and money from a cash register was taken, they said. A black vehicle with a tan soft top was seen by a witness near the restaurant during the burglary, and a patrol car spotted it less than 10 minutes later on Edmondson Avenue.

When police tried to stop the car, the driver maneuvered around patrol cars and "the pursuit was on," Warehime said.

The suspect led several police cars through portions of Baltimore and Baltimore County before heading south on U.S. 1 into Howard County.

Seventeen minutes after the initial police call, the driver allegedly ran through a red light at U.S. 1 and Whiskey Bottom Road.

Martin was entering the intersection on a green light, heading westbound on Whiskey Bottom when a Jeep Wrangler struck the Jeep Grand Cherokee, hitting McCarthy's side of the vehicle.

Police following the man estimated he was traveling about 80 mph when he ran the light. Police said that during the chase speeds reached 90 mph.

Both cars jumped a curb at the southwest side of the intersection.

Police identified the man they were chasing as Traynor. Officials in both counties have not charged him with criminal or traffic violations, but they said charges are pending.

"He's unconscious," said Lt. Richard Lisko, of the Baltimore County Police Department. "He's under arrest, but he has to be able to go before the [court] commissioner to be charged."

Traynor is a suspect in a dozen smash-and-grabs, Warehime said.

Typically, a thief would smash in the door or window of a restaurant, steal cash, cigarettes and the cash register and then escape, Warehime said.

Pub Date: 6/29/99

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