A Pennsylvania kidnapping suspect was pursued by Maryland troopers in a wild car chase from Taneytown to Westminster early yesterday - at speeds that exceeded 135 mph - until his tires were flattened by "stop sticks" scattered across Route 140, half a mile from the state police barracks, and he surrendered, authorities said.
John William Robinson, 20, of Littlestown, Pa., was being held last night at the Carroll County Detention Center as a fugitive from Pennsylvania on kidnapping, reckless endangerment and assault charges, Maryland State Police said.
About 4:50 a.m., a man allegedly kidnapped a woman at knifepoint in Littlestown and, after a brief pursuit there by police, was last seen in a Ford Mustang bound for Maryland. Before the Mustang reached the state line, the woman escaped after it slowed along Pennsylvania Route 97, police said.
The woman, whose identity was not divulged, was helped by a passer-by and later released from a Pennsylvania hospital where she was examined.
By 5 a.m., Pennsylvania authorities had broadcast a lookout for the Mustang, and 25 minutes later a Maryland trooper spotted a man fueling the car - a limited edition modified for high-performance driving - at a convenience store on East Baltimore Street in Taneytown. The man sped away without paying, police said.
The pursuit grew to include six troopers and a helicopter as the car headed east toward Westminster along Route 140, police said.
A half-mile past the Westminster barracks, the Mustang ran over the "stop sticks" at about 110 mph, shredding the car's passenger-side tires. The driver then turned off Route 140 onto the shoulder of Route 91 and surrendered, police said.