- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007


BALTIMORE — Police chased a car before dawn this morning from Woodlawn in Baltimore County to the District before stopping the vehicle in Prince George’s County.

Baltimore County police said they tried to stop the car about 5:20 a.m. on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway near the Security Boulevard exit.

The chase began after police ran the tag on the car and learned that it had been reported stolen.

Maryland State Police joined the pursuit as the car traveled down Interstate 95 to the inner loop of the Capital Beltway.

Sgt. Russell Newell, a spokesman for Maryland State Police, said the chase lasted about 70 minutes.

“He could have chosen to stop anytime he wanted to,” Sgt. Newell said.

He said the chase was not always at a high rate of speed.

The car and police left the Beltway on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, moved to New York Avenue then returned to the Capital Beltway.

Several attempts to slow the car by blocking its path ended in collisions before the car took the Central Avenue exit and drove west though Capital Heights.

The vehicle eventually struck a light pole in Seat Pleasant.

The driver, a man, was taken into custody at about 6:30 a.m. Sgt. Newell said he faces numerous traffic violations.

Sgt. Newell said the man, whose name was not released immediately, did not appear to be drunk or on drugs.

No weapons or contraband was found inside the man’s car, police said.

Two police cars and a civilian car were damaged during the chase, but there are no reports of injuries.

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