Police charge man in taxi cab chase

September 28, 2000

A 26-year-old man was charged yesterday with leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen taxi Tuesday night that began on a Baltimore street, went onto several highways, reached speeds exceeding 100 mph and ended when the vehicle got a flat tire on the Key Bridge.

Anthony Donald Heck was charged with numerous traffic violations and possession of a handgun, which police said was thrown on the Baltimore Beltway from the speeding taxi.

The pursuit caused one minor accident when a city police car rear-ended a state police cruiser. No injuries were reported.

Police said the incident began about 7:30 p.m. when a police officer spotted the cab, parked in the wrong direction on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The officer approached and saw a handgun in the car. Police said a man sitting in the passenger seat managed to reach the gas pedal and speed off.

After chasing the taxi on I-395, I-95 and the Beltway, the pursuit continued on westbound I-70 for several miles before the driver turned around. Police said the chase continued onto Route 10 in Anne Arundel to Mountain Road and then Route 648. From there, police said, the taxi driver got back onto northbound Route 10.

A state trooper stopped the taxi on the Key Bridge.

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