Teen in cus­tody af­ter Wal­dorf car chase

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A ju­ve­nile was ar­rested and two men were briefly de­tained af­ter lead­ing po­lice on a car chase in Wal­dorf Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. Af­ter the chase ended in a crash, po­lice say a hand­gun was also re­cov­ered.

The ju­ve­nile, a 16-yearold from Wal­dorf, has been charged with pos­ses­sion of the hand­gun and as the get­away driver.

On Mon­day around 3:49 p.m., of­fi­cers re­sponded to a pos­si­ble large fight in progress at Ki­pling Drive and Dart­mouth Road.

As an of­fi­cer ar­rived, sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als ran from the scene and four men drove off in a ma­roon Saturn.

“The of­fi­cer gave chase; the ve­hi­cle re­fused to stop, run­ning stop signs, run­ning on the wrong side of the road,” Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Sgt. D. Belfield said. Po­lice chased the car about a mile be­fore the driver crashed into a parked sports util­ity ve­hi­cle at the end of Knoll­wa­ter Court.

The of­fi­cer pur­su­ing the Saturn was able to im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hend the two men in the back­seat of the car, but the driver and front pas­sen­ger bailed out and pro­ceeded to run into the woods, po­lice said.

The ju­ve­nile cut through the woods and was fi­nally caught near Bryan Court by pur­su­ing of­fi­cers, where they found a hand­gun nearby, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. The front pas­sen­ger got away.

“Of­fi­cers chased the sus­pect on foot and even­tu­ally caught him. One of the of­fi­cers was able to back­track the di­rec­tion he ran, and we lo­cated a weapon [hand­gun] tucked up un­der­neath a ve­hi­cle’s front tire,” Belfield said.

Af­ter deputies read him his Mi­randa rights, he al­legedly ad­mit­ted he was the one driv­ing the ve­hi­cle.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing as po­lice work to de­ter­mine the iden­tity of the man who es­caped.

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW RICHARD­SON

Af­ter ap­pre­hend­ing two men and a ju­ve­nile and re­cov­er­ing a hand­gun fol­low­ing a car chase, a tow truck pre­pares to haul away the ma­roon Saturn the sus­pects at­tempted to es­cape in.

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