High-speed pursuit ends in man's death

Driver suspected to be drunk, police say

May 21, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES

A man police suspected was drunk led state troopers on a high-speed chase that began in Carroll County and ended in Baltimore County when the driver veered off a highway ramp, flipped his car three times and died in the crash, authorities said yesterday.

Troopers said the Friday night chase reached speeds up to 100 mph as they pursued Richard B. Shipley, 45, of Elkridge.

Police said the pursuit began after they received a report of a possible drunken driver on Route 140, west of Sandymount Road. A state trooper spotted the vehicle at a gas station about 10 p.m.

The driver left the station, heading east on Route 140, made two U-turns and began weaving across traffic lanes, troopers said.

Troopers Joseph D. Schreyer and Jonathan D. Hill chased the Monte Carlo onto southbound Interstate 795.

As the car turned off the highway onto Franklin Boulevard, it struck a guardrail, police said. The vehicle flew in the air and rolled three times, and the driver was thrown from the car, which landed in a culvert more than 300 feet from where it left the road, police said.

Shipley was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

State police officials said that the pursuit was monitored by a barracks duty officer who was checking with the pursuing troopers regarding traffic conditions and the danger presented by the driver.

Shipley, who lived in the 7700 block of Washington Blvd., did not have any passengers in the car and no other vehicle was struck during the pursuit, police said.

According to court records, Shipley failed to appear in court this year on reckless, negligent, and drunken-driving charges stemming from a February traffic stop.

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