Po­lice chase ends in crash, 1 hurt

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

Af­ter a brief po­lice chase, a woman was se­verely in­jured in a three-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent on Mon­day af­ter­noon and was flown to the hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. Po­lice are still search­ing for the driver who fled the crash on foot af­ter he re­port­edly sped away from a traf­fic stop and crashed into a dump truck at the in­ter­sec­tion of U.S. 301 and Mat­ta­woman Drive in Wal­dorf.

The 19-year-old woman from In­dian Head, who had been a pas- sen­ger in the sus­pect ve­hi­cle at the time of the crash, is now said to be in sta­ble con­di­tion.

The driver, 23, has been iden­ti­fied by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, but they have not re­leased his name, and he re­mains at large.

Around 12:20 p.m. on Mon­day, an em­ployee at a busi­ness in the St. Charles Towne Cen­ter called 911 to re­port a theft, a Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesper­son said. A de­scrip­tion of the car the sus­pects were seen leav­ing the mall in was broad­cast to po­lice, and shortly af­ter a nearby of­fi­cer spot- ted a bur­gundy Nis­san Max­ima driv­ing through mul­ti­ple stop signs on Mall Cir­cle. Af­ter catch­ing up to the car near U.S. 301 and St. Pat- rick’s Drive, the of­fi­cer pulled the car over and ob­served three oc­cu­pants, two men and a woman, and no­ticed a bag in­side the car that ap­peared to be from the busi­ness that had re­ported the theft.

As the of­fi­cer se­cured the back- seat pas­sen­ger, Deonte Charles Bush, 19, of In­dian Head, the wom- an who had been driv­ing the car climbed into the back­seat, while the front seat pas­sen­ger slid into the driver’s seat and sped off.

An­other of­fi­cer who had just ar- rived on scene pur­sued them brief- ly as the sus­pect ve­hi­cle made a U-turn and drove north­bound on U.S. 301 at a high rate of speed, but the deputy stopped chas­ing the car near the in­ter­sec­tion of Ac­ton Lane, called off the pur­suit by a su­pervi- sor, po­lice said.

Af­ter re­port­edly speed­ing down U.S. 301 for al­most 2 miles, the Max- ima col­lided into a dump truck that had been turn­ing onto Mat­ta­woman Drive from south­bound U.S. 301, ac- cord­ing to po­lice. The driver’s side of the Max­ima was crum­pled by the im­pact, and struck a Honda sedan that had been turn­ing. The woman in the back­seat of the Max­ima was crit­i­cally in­jured in the crash, and the man who had been driv­ing ran away from the scene.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene, an off-duty medic was tend­ing to the woman’s in­juries, au­thor­i­ties said. Po­lice as­sisted the medic un­til she was taken across the in­ter­sec­tion of U.S. 301 in an am­bu­lance and trans­ferred into a he­li­copter which flew her to a hos­pi­tal.

K9 units and deputies could be seen search­ing for the man nearby while other of­fi­cers se­cured the crash site and reg­u­lated the flow of traf­fic.

As of press time Tues­day, the 23-year-old man who had been driv­ing had not yet been ap­pre­hended, and the 19-year-old woman was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The third oc­cu­pant of the car who had been de­tained dur­ing the ini­tial traf­fic stop, Bush, was is­sued a civil ci­ta­tion with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana un­der 10 grams. The re­ported theft is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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