Baltimore firefighters free victim from burning car

  • Baltimore City Fire Dept. on the scene of a vehicle that overturned and caught fire March 7, 2013.
Baltimore City Fire Dept. on the scene of a vehicle that overturned… (Handout photo courtesy…)
March 07, 2013|By Alison Matas and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

A man fled from police and crashed his car blocks away Thursday, leaving him trapped in the burning vehicle after it rolled over, Baltimore police said.

The man, whom police did not identify, was in "very critical" condition a few hours after the crash, which happened at noon at the intersection of Pratt and Fulton streets. As of Thursday afternoon, the man was in surgery at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. He faces a "litany" of traffic charges and a charge for possession of narcotics police say they found in his car.

Police said an officer driving in the opposite direction spotted the man driving through a stop sign at the intersection of Ashton and Smallwood streets. The officer made a U-turn to begin to pull the car over, but before the officer could do so, the man sped off.

The officer caught up with the car several blocks later and realized it had crashed into another car driven by a woman. Police say the woman was in stable condition after the accident.

A passenger in the car that caught fire had cuts and bruises, but her condition was unknown.

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