- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 14, 2002

ANNAPOLIS (AP) A Queen Anne's County man accused of leading police on a chase from Annapolis to Glen Burnie was high on crack cocaine at the time, state police said.
Todd Kenneth Woody, 32, told police he had been on an all-night crack binge before troopers pulled him over about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday in Eastport, said Lt. Col. William Arrington.
Mr. Woody's employer, Bay's Best Seafood in Grasonville, reported the truck stolen when Mr. Woody didn't show up for work that morning.
Four state police cars were damaged and five state troopers suffered minor injuries after dodging the truck or being rammed by it.
One trooper was dragged after he smashed the driver's window in an attempt to stop the truck. Another trooper dived over the hood of a parked truck to avoid being run over, Lt. Col. Arrington said.
State police said six shots were fired; two hit the truck. No one was hit. Some of the shots were fired by a trooper a block from the State House. The chase ended when the truck ran off the road and became disabled in Glen Burnie. The driver was captured when he tried to flee on foot.
Kevin O'Keeffe, government relations officer for Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, said he was chatting with a group of lobbyists near the Governor's Mansion when he heard the shots and ran for the State House steps.
"I ran quicker than I thought was possible," Mr. O'Keeffe said. "Your instincts take over. My thoughts were to get away from the shots as quickly as possible."
Mr. Woody has a criminal record dating to the early 1990s, with charges including drug possession, breaking and entering, trespassing, theft and concealing a deadly weapon. All of those were later dropped or not pursued by prosecutors, according to court records.
Mr. Woody received a six-month sentence and paid $4,000 in restitution after pleading guilty in 1994 to one count of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, according to court records.


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