- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Police from three jurisdictions in Maryland chased a Mitchellville man for roughly 45 miles on area highways yesterday morning, a pursuit that began near Baltimore and ended in a crash on a sidewalk in Capitol Heights.

No one was injured in the chase that at times reached speeds of 70 miles per hour, police said.

Police charged Terrence Anthony Brooks, 30, of the 11400 block of Waesche Drive, with first-degree assault on police officers, malicious destruction of property, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police and driving with a suspended license.

He was being held in a county jail in Upper Marlboro, where he is awaiting a bail hearing.

The chase began shortly after 5 a.m. when Baltimore County police officers spotted a stolen license plate on a tan 1994 Chrysler on the Baltimore Beltway near Security Boulevard.

Maryland State Police joined the pursuit on Interstate 95 as the vehicle entered Howard County.

“The speed got up about 70 miles per hour,” Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Russell Newell said. “He refused to stop.”

From Interstate 95, the chase continued on the Capital Beltway and headed south on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

A Maryland State Police helicopter, known as “Trooper 8,” hovered overhead as the Chrysler headed into the District, where it briefly drove on New York Avenue before returning to Prince George’s County. There, police surrounded the Chrysler as it exited onto Central Avenue.

“He could have chosen to stop anytime he wanted to,” 1st Sgt. Newell said. He said the chase was not always at a high rate of speed.

Police said they tried to end the chase by slowing their patrol cars in front and beside the Chrysler.

“‘The suspect intentionally rammed two of the police vehicles in an attempt to injure the troopers and evade capture,” police said.

Despite the collisions, troopers again surrounded the Chrysler, which almost stopped on Central Avenue.

Instead, “the suspect drove onto the sidewalk, to elude capture but struck a metal pole,” in Capitol Heights, 1st Sgt. Newell said.

The vehicle came to a stop in the 6400 block of Central Avenue.

Mr. Brooks, who was not injured, got out of the car and surrendered to police.

The chase lasted about 70 minutes.

Mr. Brooks did not appear to be drunk or on drugs, police said. No weapons or contraband was found inside the car, police said.

Two police cars and a civilian car were damaged during the chase.

Yesterday afternoon, a woman who answered the phone listed for Mr. Brooks on Waesche Drive, told The Washington Times that she knew nothing about the chase and hung up.

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