Police arrest driver suspected of fleeing stop, dragging officer

Balto. Co. veteran unhurt

authorities capture man on I-795 after a chase

October 15, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County police officer was dragged for a short distance along Liberty Road by a car he had stopped -- prompting a chase by state and county police, who caught the suspect after the driver lost control of his car on Interstate 795, authorities said.

Officer Robert Walls, a 12-year veteran assigned to the Garrison Precinct, was not seriously injured and did not need to go to the hospital, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

The suspect, whom police declined to identify, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening after he lost control of his blue PT cruiser and was taken to Northwest Hospital, police said.

According to police, Walls was directing traffic through a stop light that had no power in the 7900 block of Liberty Road about 10 a.m.

Walls blocked off the road temporarily, but the PT cruiser went through the roadblock.

The driver of the cruiser briefly stopped for Walls, who planned to arrest him for going through the barricade, Vinson said.

After the officer leaned into the car it sped off, dragging Walls a short distance before he was able to break free, Vinson said.

County police dispatched a description of the car to all officers in the region.

A state trooper from the Westminster barracks spotted a PT cruiser fitting the description on Deer Park Road in Carroll County, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

The trooper followed the car, which sped onto Gores Mill Road -- where county police joined the pursuit -- and Route 140, then headed south on I-795, police said.

The driver lost control of the car just before reaching Franklin Boulevard and was taken into custody, Vinson said.The suspect was then transported to the hospital.

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