Carroll County Digest


October 03, 2002

Police arrest man, find stolen '99 car after chase, search

A police chase and a search through the woods in Finksburg ended yesterday with the arrest of a man on the ninth green of a golf course - and, authorities said, the recovery of a car stolen more than three years ago.

An undercover state trooper was driving west on Interstate 795 about 7:15 a.m. when he saw a 1999 red Lexus GS 400 speeding and weaving.

The car had no front license plate, and the officer used a newly issued personal data assistant to learn that the rear plate was listed as having been stolen in July 1999, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the state police Westminster barracks.

Police tried to stop the car after it entered Carroll County on Route 140, but its driver drove at speeds of more than 100 mph before fleeing on foot into a wooded area off Brown Road, near Lawndale Road, in Finksburg.

State troopers, sheriff's deputies and Baltimore County police used dogs and a helicopter to locate the driver, who was arrested at River Downs Country Club.

Sherman Alexander Davis, 30, of the 4100 block of Raleigh Road, Baltimore, was taken to the Carroll County Detention Center's central booking unit for an appearance before a District Court commissioner on charges including vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding, speeding, aggressive driving and other traffic violations, police said.

Police said the car had been reported stolen in July 1999 from a Montgomery County dealership.

House robbed by man posing as utility worker

Hampstead police warned residents yesterday that a man posing as a public works employee burglarized a home.

The man was described as white, about 5 foot 8 inches tall, about 250 pounds, with collar-length, curly blond hair and wearing a white polo shirt and blue work pants.

He carried a gray metal box, had a laminated identification card clipped to his collar, and said he was collecting a water sample, said Hampstead Police Chief R. Kenneth Meekins.

An undisclosed amount of money and jewelry was taken Monday from the home in the 1000 block of Mott Ave, off Main Street, while the owner was busy with her children, Meekins said, noting that a crew had been working in the area, which might have made the man's ruse more plausible.

A check of other town and county police agencies found no other such incidents.

Town public works employees do not normally enter homes to sample water and would notify residents in advance if they did need to enter a home, Meekins said.

Samples normally would be taken from an outside spigot by employees in municipal uniforms with proper identification.

Meekins asked that anyone with information or with concerns about anyone who arrives at their door to call town police at 410-239-8954.

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