Arundel man fleeing police crashes car, authorities say

February 26, 2003|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County man fled police in three jurisdictions yesterday before crashing his car in Jessup, Howard County police said.

After Baltimore police stopped his 2002 Dodge Neon on a suspected narcotics violation shortly after 1 p.m. near Mosher Street and Argyle Avenue in West Baltimore, the driver fled, a city police spokeswoman said.

City police did not give chase, but sent a helicopter to track the Neon, authorities said.

Baltimore County police followed the Neon as it drove through that jurisdiction before heading south on U.S. 1 in Howard County, Howard police said.

Howard police put road spikes on U.S. 1 near Route 175, which the driver of the Neon tried to avoid by swerving, Howard police said. But at least two of his tires were punctured, and he sideswiped an unoccupied police patrol car, Howard police said.

The Neon continued for at least a mile before the driver lost control and the vehicle struck a snowbank and overturned near U.S. 1 and Gatewood Drive.

The man, who has not been charged, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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