High-speed flight from police led from Baltimore area into District and Bethesda

August 16, 2013

Maryland police arrested a man after a high-speed chase that at times reached 90 mph and traversed more than 50 miles, from Baltimore County into the District before ending in the Chevy Chase area Friday night, authorities said.

Startled witnesses in the District said one or more of the tires on the man’s vehicle appeared to be blown out and sparks flew from the rims as the chase hurtled past.

Baltimore County police attempted to arrest the man on felony warrants in the Parkville area just before 8 p.m., but he fled in a Jeep Liberty touching off the chase , county police officials said.

Officials declined to identify the man.

The pursuit began near Harford and Joppa roads but the man led police onto I-695 outside Baltimore, onto Interstate 70 and into Howard County. Maryland State and local authorities continued the pursuit south, eventually onto 16th Street in Northwest Washington, before the vehicle later drove to Wisconsin Avenue in the Cathedral Heights area.

The vehicle finally stopped in the 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue, just over the District and Montgomery County border, where police arrested the man just after 9 p.m.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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