Suspects in purse snatching injured in head-on car crash

Men accused of theft at Parkton horse farm

January 09, 2002|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

A purse snatching in Parkton ended yesterday in a high-speed, head-on car collision involving the two suspects, who were hospitalized.

The incident began about 10:15 a.m. at Imperial Egyptian Stud horse farm in the 2600 block of Mount Carmel Road.

Office Manager Debbie Lee said two men approached her asking for job applications.

"As soon as they said it, I thought, `You want a job as much as I want to roll in the snow,'" Lee said.

When Lee told the men the farm wasn't hiring, they retreated toward their car, a white Cadillac, she said.

Lee looked out the window to see one man reaching into her boss' car and taking her purse, she said.

Lee called police, alerting them to the make of the car.

A Baltimore County police officer spotted the car heading south on Interstate 83 at Shawan Road, police said.

The officer followed the Cadillac to the Padonia Road exit, where it turned west and began picking up speed.

Police decided not to chase the Cadillac, noting concern over possibly icy roads and the speed at which the car was traveling, police said.

The department has "guidelines we take into account whenever a pursuit is started," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

The Cadillac was spotted by police a short time later as it drove through a red light on Greenspring Avenue.

It resumed traveling at high speed south on Greenspring on the winding, wooded roads, police said.

At the intersection with Woodvalley Drive, the car crossed the double line and hit a northbound vehicle head-on.

The suspects, whom police did not name because they have not been charged, were taken to Sinai Hospital.

The driver of the other car, Diamantino Leite of the 10000 block of Greenspring Ave., Lutherville, was not injured.

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