City police arrest two after chase down JFX

Pair face drug and handgun charges

October 31, 2007|By Richard Irwin

Two men were arrested last night after leading city police and the crew of a police helicopter on a vehicle pursuit on and off the Jones Falls Expressway that ended when one man was arrested while hiding under the porch of a house near St. Mary's Seminary, police said.

The other man was arrested when he bailed out of the car on the expressway.

At one point, the suspect's 1997 Lexus was southbound in the northbound lanes of the expressway near 41st Street, but its driver turned around as he neared a police roadblock set up to prevent the car from colliding with northbound traffic.

Details were not available, but Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said the pursuit began about 9:30 p.m. in East Baltimore and involved a narcotics violation.

When the car entered the expressway about 9:40 p.m., it sped north from 41st Street with police from the Eastern and Northern districts in pursuit.

Before the Cold Spring Lane exit ramp, the driver made a U-turn and headed south against northbound traffic. It was there that the passenger bailed out of the car and was arrested.

The driver then turned around and headed north again before exiting at the Cold Spring Lane ramp to Falls Road.

The driver entered the Poly-Western campus, then headed north on Falls Road past the Village of Cross Keys.

With police in pursuit and the crew of the police helicopter radioing the car's location to ground units, the driver continued north on Falls Road before turning onto Englewood Road.

There, he bailed out near the seminary grounds and was arrested while hiding under a porch.

Police said a gun was found in the car and that both men were expected to be charged with drug violations, a deadly-weapon offense and fleeing and eluding police. The driver also was expected to be charged with multiple traffic violations.

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