Pasadena man arrested in carjackings, chase

Six people were hurt in incident on Shore

September 10, 2004|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena man accused of stealing two cars and leading police on a chase that caused two accidents and injured six people was arrested yesterday, authorities said.

Police said the incident began about 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hospital at Easton, where the suspect, Edward J. Williams, 34, had been taken by a friend for mental evaluation but left before being seen by a doctor.

Williams is accused of stealing a gold-colored 1993 Chevrolet Caprice from the hospital parking lot. Two women -- Patricia W. Anthony, 51, and Anna M. Walbert, 85, both of Easton -- were in the back seat. They had been waiting for a relative, police said.

The Caprice was driven to U.S. 50 and then toward the Bay Bridge as the women huddled in the back, police said.

At the hospital, the women's relative called police and gave them a description of the Caprice. Police also received calls from motorists who said they saw a man in a Caprice driving recklessly.

Police said the car ran a red light at Route 404 in Queen Anne's County and struck a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

The driver of the Cavalier, Andrea Gorgan, 34, of Denton, and a passenger, Margery Friel, 92, of Queenstown, were seriously injured in the crash, as was Walbert. All three were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their conditions were not available late last night. Anthony suffered minor injuries and was treated.

Police said the driver of the stolen car fled and forced his way into a tan 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, pushing aside its driver, Betty J. Clayland, 78, of Beltsville. He drove east on U.S. 50 with her still in the car.

Police said they tried to halt the vehicle with "stop-sticks," devices that can puncture tires, but the driver was able to drive around them. Police said he eventually lost control of the Trailblazer and landed in a ditch, where a state trooper in a cruiser crashed into the vehicle, ending the chase.

State police Cpl. Arthur Lowman, 37, of the Centreville barracks was treated at Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

Williams of the 7700 block of Lee Drive was charged with carjacking and kidnapping. Williams, who suffered minor injuries, was being held last night at Dorchester General Hospital, police said.

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