Pursuit ends in collision on Bay Bridge; no one hurt
STEVENSVILLE —A Delaware man was charged by Maryland State Police on Thursday, March 31, in connection with a pursuit that began near Baltimore and ended with the man’s car colliding with a tractor trailer on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge.
Jonathan T. McFarland, 24, of Laurel, Del., was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to stop at the scene of a property damage accident, exceeding the speed limit, driving off the roadway while passing a vehicle and other violations, police said.
State Police at the Golden Ring Barracks in Baltimore County were alerted around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, to be on the lookout for a vehicle that had fled following an attempted traffic stop by Baltimore County Police, police said.
Efforts by state troopers to stop the car on the Baltimore beltway were attempted, but it did not stop and was observed being driven erratically, according to police. At least one car was struck by the ve- hicle on the Beltway, police said.
The suspect car was then spotted on I-97 in Anne Arundel County but did not stop for police again, and drove onto the Bay Bridge where it collided with a tractor trailer and came to a stop, according to police.
No one was injured during the incident, police said.
Police said Thursday afternoon that they had yet to determine why McFarland refused to stop. He was taken to Baltimore Washington Hospital for evaluation, according to police.
State Highway Administration traffic engineers Greg Holsey, left, and Jeff Wentz discuss the necessary steps for the administration to reduce the speed from 50 mph to 35 mph on MD 213, as requested by Centreville residents, during the town’s Thursday, March 24, meeting.
Pat Fox, a Symphony Village resident, told the Centreville Town Council more than 165 of her neighbors in the community have signed a petition requesting a speed limit reduction on MD 213 from 50 mph to 35 mph.