Man arrested, hospitalized after chase

He led officers through 2 counties, struck several vehicles, authorities say

December 23, 2004|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,SUN STAFF

A man was hospitalized after leading law enforcement officers on a chase from Dundalk to Anne Arundel County on Tuesday, crashing into four police vehicles along the way, authorities said yesterday.

Police declined to release the name of the arrested man, who was being treated at an area hospital yesterday. Charges had not been filed as of late last night.

At 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, the man wrote a check at T&A Mart in the 2000 block of Dundalk Ave., police said.

According to Officer Shawn Vinson, a Baltimore County police spokesman, the clerk told the man she would not accept the check and refused to return it. A struggle ensued, during which the man assaulted the clerk and her husband, Vinson said, and then escaped.

According to Vinson, the man tried to flee in a red Jeep Cherokee. When a Baltimore County police officer attempted to pull the man from the Jeep, Vinson said, he bit the officer's finger.

According to Vinson, the man struck a marked police patrol car and a marked sheriff's car.

The chase continued on to Interstate 95, then the Harbor Tunnel Thruway, where Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers joined the pursuit.

The driver left the thruway at Potee Street and tried to make a right on Belle Grove Road, where he struck a van, Vinson said.

A woman who had been a passenger in the Jeep jumped out and fled, Vinson said. She has not been apprehended.

The suspect struck an unmarked transit authority police car before hitting a second transportation authority vehicle, repeatedly hitting the two vehicles while attempting to flee. He was apprehended on Belle Grove Road.

No one was seriously injured during the chase, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

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