State police arrest two men after high-speed chase on I-95

They are charged with auto theft

February 04, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two Montgomery County men were arrested yesterday and charged with auto theft and traffic violations after an eight-mile, high-speed pursuit on Interstate 95 that began in Cecil County and ended in Harford County, state police said.

Lt. Joseph A. Barker Jr., a police spokesman, said Tfc. Brett Racine tried to stop a 1989 Toyota Camry that was speeding south near North East in Cecil about 10: 30 a.m. but that the driver refused to stop. Racine, who is assigned to the John F. Kennedy Barracks in Perryville, pursued the Toyota, Barker said.

During the chase -- after speeds of near 100 mph -- the Toyota struck a state police cruiser, a tractor-trailer and a passenger car before coming to a stop in the median near Havre de Grace in Harford, Barker said. The driver and a passenger bolted and were chased by troopers.

Cpl. Michael Gavel of the JFK Barracks said the passenger was caught about 50 feet away and the driver was captured a half-mile away, hiding in a creek, after the crew of a state police helicopter directed troopers to him.

He said the Toyota had been stolen about 8: 30 a.m. yesterday from a casino parking lot in Atlantic City, N.J.

Eric Naba Beinsu, 21, and Kingsley Jay Wedderburn, 19, both of the 10700 block of Venetia Mill Circle in Silver Spring were being held at the Cecil County Detention Center in North East, pending a bail hearing today, Barker said.

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