Pa. man is arrested after police chase

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

November 17, 2005|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER

A Pennsylvania man accused of leading Baltimore police officers on a pursuit Tuesday night through several North Baltimore neighborhoods, ramming five cruisers before the Jeep he was driving came to rest in the Jones Falls, has been charged with multiple criminal and traffic offenses, police said.

Edward Leroy Lee, 36, of Glen Rock is charged with assaulting police officers by ramming the cruisers; destruction of the vehicles; false imprisonment of his 30-year-old girlfriend, who was in the Jeep during the chase; and traffic violations, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The chase began about 8:30 p.m. in Reservoir Hill, where police observed apparent drug activity between two men, one driving a red Jeep, Moses said.

When the Jeep sped away with its headlights off, police followed and called for the department helicopter to track the vehicle from above.

About 40 minutes later, the Jeep was heading south on the northbound shoulder of the Jones Falls Expressway near Mount Washington when the driver spotted a police roadblock north of the Cold Spring Lane overpass.

With police cars behind him, the driver entered a construction site next to the expressway, drove down an embankment and stalled in the water. He was caught after a brief foot chase in the water, Moses said.

Lee -- wanted on two traffic warrants in Pennsylvania and one for failing to appear for a trial in Baltimore -- told officers that he has been chased by Baltimore police more than a dozen times for various offenses, but that the police always backed off before, Moses said.

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