Car theft suspect arrested after police chase
— An Elkton man is facing charges in two states after allegedly stealing a car from outside Steak & Main and then leading police on a chase that ended in Pennsylvania.
Justin Michael Burchette, 32, is being held in Pennsylvania, and is currently awaiting extradition to Maryland.
Trooper Reginald Easterling with Pennsylvania State Police said Burchette is charged there with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence, possession of cocaine and paraphernalia and a dozen traffic violations.
North East Police Chief Darrell Hamilton said Anthony Covatta, owner of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade, reported his SUV stolen at around 8 p.m. Friday.
“Our officers put out an (all points bulletin),” Hamilton said.
Master Patrol Officer George Vanasky from the Rising Sun Police Department said he heard the report of the theft on police radio and he and Master Patrol Officer Daniel Stickney saw the car drive by moments later at about 9 p.m.
Vanasky and Stickney tried to pull the car over but the driver gunned the engine and drove off, Vanasky said.
“We chased him into Pennsylvania,” he said.
During the chase, Vanasky said speeds topped 100 mph.
As the chase neared Quarryville, Pa., on Route 272 north of Route 372, Pennsylvania State Police set out spike strips.
“The fleeing vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and endangering the citizens of the Commonwealth,” reads a statement written by Trooper Frank J. Gawel of the Pennsylvania State Police.
The SUV wrecked into a fence and Burchette fled, but was quickly captured, Vanasky said.
“We have warrants charging him with the stolen motor vehicle,” Hamilton said Monday. “Rising Sun and Pennsylvania will likely charge him with fleeing and eluding, but then relinquish him to us.”
No one was injured during the incident.