Howard police seek man after SUV crash


December 29, 2006|By Melissa Harris

Howard County police scoured a stretch of U.S. 40 in Ellicott City last night for a man who leaped from a white Ford Explorer after it crashed into two vehicles, according to radio communications and state police.

Drugs were found in the SUV, said Cpl. Todd Hill of the Maryland State Police. The three occupants of the Explorer also are suspected of stealing items from a Carroll County Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon.

A Howard County police officer spotted the Explorer on eastbound Interstate 70, but the officer had a prisoner in an unrelated case in his cruiser and could not take up a pursuit, Hill said.

Howard County police and troopers caught up with the Explorer on southbound U.S. 29, and when they activated their sirens, the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and stopped. As officers left their cruisers, the Explorer was driven off and got on to U.S. 40. As the Explorer merged onto westbound U.S. 40, it crashed into and overturned a 2005 Nissan truck and hit a 2001 Jeep at St. Johns Lane.

The second crash disabled the Explorer, which "limped" to Plum Tree Drive and stopped, Hill said. The driver and one of the passengers -- one of them a woman -- were arrested. A third man -- described as bald, white, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 240 pounds and in his late 30s -- fled the vehicle. Police say he may be armed. Police searched areas near the second crash site.

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