Baltimore man killed after State Police pursuit in Calvert County

May 11, 2014|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore man was killed in a car crash Sunday after fleeing from a Maryland State Police trooper in Calvert County, officials said.

The man was not immediately identified as authorities worked to notify his relatives. State Police said a trooper, identified as Trooper First Class Shareef Lewis, was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Rt. 4 near Industry Lane in Prince Frederick around 3 p.m. when he noticed a Mitsubishi without a front plate. The trooper attempted to stop the Mitsubishi, which initially pulled onto a shoulder before accelerating and fleeing north along Rt. 4.

The trooper followed the car, which drove onto a side road, Main Street, and back onto Rt. 4, swerving back and forth across traffic and going southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway, state police said. A State Police duty officer ordered trooper to call off the pursuit out of a concern for public safety, and shortly after, the Mitsubishi struck a Ford Escape, State Police said.

The pursuit lasted less than three minutes and covered about three and a half miles, State Police said.

The driver of the Escape was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment, while the Mitsubishi's driver was pronounced dead at a hospital. State Police said it was not clear why the driver of the Mitsubishi did not stop for the trooper.

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