Suspect in auto theft leads slow-speed police chase

November 24, 2007

An suspect in an auto theft was arrested yesterday morning after a long, slow-speed police pursuit through several neighborhoods in Baltimore, according to a department spokeswoman.

Officer Nicole Monroe said the incident began about 10:30 a.m. in West Baltimore when members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force spotted the vehicle in the 2400 block of W. Lexington St. They attempted to stop the vehicle, the make and model of which were not immediately available, but the driver didn't stop, Monroe said.

The driver led officers east toward downtown, near Lexington Market, then north and east again, onto Aisquith Street, East 25th Street, briefly onto Harford Road and then south again onto Wolfe Street. Police said it ended at Rutland Avenue and East Oliver Street. Along the way, Monroe said, a city police car and two parked vehicles were struck.

Police pursuits generally are not allowed in the city because the streets are considered too congested.

Monroe said yesterday's pursuit was slow and, because of the holiday weekend, streets were mostly clear of traffic. An officer involved was heard on the police radio saying they were traveling at "very slow speeds," and a supervisor at one point ordered most officers involved to turn off their lights and sirens and return to their districts.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

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