Trooper shot N.J. man in hand after chase

Driver of stolen car pursued by state, MdTA police from Harbor Tunnel to I-495

March 21, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A Maryland State Police trooper shot a New Jersey man in the hand after a high-speed chase on Interstate 95 that ended in Prince George's County Sunday night, according to police.

At about 9:10 p.m., Thorne A. Wright, 23, was driving a GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle through the Fort McHenry Tunnel that Maryland Transportation Authority Police identified as stolen, police said. The vehicle had New Jersey license plates and had been reported stolen on Saturday.

Four MdTA officers tried to stop the car south of the tunnel but Wright, who has addresses in Woodside and Lakehurst, N.J., accelerated, and officers pursued.

He continued south on Interstate 95 and onto the inner loop of Interstate 495, reaching speeds of 90 mph before a state trooper was able to use stop sticks to deflate his front tire at Route 450, according to police.

Wright pulled over onto the right shoulder north of Exit 13, Richie Marlboro Road, police said. As officers and troopers attempted to arrest him, Trooper First Class Gabriel Lamptey, of Howard County's Waterloo barrack, fired one shot that struck Wright in the hand.

He was taken first to Prince George's Hospital Center and later Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, police said. Criminal and traffic charges are pending in Maryland, and Wright is also wanted in New Jersey on violation of probation.

Lamptey, who has been a trooper for more than three years, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation by the state police's internal affairs and homicide units, as is routine during trooper-involved shootings.

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