Pur­suit ends in col­li­sion on Bay Bridge; no one hurt

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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.

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