Chase Through Mixing Bowl Ends in Arrest

A Fredericksburg man was arrested yesterday after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase through the Springfield interchange known as the mixing bowl during the morning rush hour, then bailing out of his car and eluding his pursuers for more than two hours, state police said. The chase added to the confusion along northbound Interstate 95, further snarling traffic and causing several fender benders, including one involving a state trooper.

Viriginia State Police said they began pursuing a 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse that had sped through a radar trap near Lorton about 8:20 a.m. As the trooper pulled out, the Eclipse pulled away at speeds close to 100 mph, state police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.

When the Eclipse reached the Springfield interchange, the driver exited at Route 644 but hit a wall of traffic. The driver hopped out, leaving two passengers, and ran into nearby woods, Caldwell said. Troopers and police searched for the man on foot and by helicopter.

About 11 a.m., Caldwell said, the driver was spotted on Commerce Street. Michael Todd Brown, 30, was charged as a habitual offender with reckless driving and attempting to elude police.


Massage Parlor Reports Assaults

Montgomery County police are investigating the reported sexual assault and armed robbery of three women Thursday at a Rockville apartment that served as an unlicensed massage parlor.

Three men allegedly entered an apartment in the 5100 block of Parklawn Terrace about 9:45 p.m. and held the women at gunpoint as they sexually assaulted two women and robbed the third. Investigators described the men as between the ages of 20 and 25 but did not say what led them to the apartment.

The women were taken to the sexual assault center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for examination. No charges have been filed against the women for operating the parlor, police spokesman Derek Baliles said, but the county's Department of Health and Human Services will determine whether fines should be enforced.

Jurors in Hadden Clark Case Hear Tape

Jurors in the Hadden Clark murder trial began hearing a 1998 videotape yesterday in which Clark told Montgomery police he might have slept overnight in a Cape Cod cemetery where prosecutors say he buried Michele Dorr's body before removing it.

In the tape, Clark told detectives that he drove to the cemetery where his father and paternal grandparents are buried "just to get away" and said he didn't know about an area of disturbed soil in his family's burial plot. A Massachusetts state trooper testified earlier that a dog trained to sniff out decomposed bodies had pawed at soil removed from a hole at the family plot in January 1993.

Clark is accused of killing Michele, 6, in his niece's bedroom, two doors down from where Michele's father lived when she disappeared in May 1986. Her body has never been found. Clark is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the 1992 slaying of Laura Houghteling, 23, of Bethesda.

In cross-examining a prosecution blood expert yesterday, Clark's lawyers suggested that blood found in grooves of the wooden floor in the bedroom where Michele was allegedly killed could have come from something other than a slaying, such as a nosebleed.

Clark's lawyers are expected to begin their case Tuesday, and the case is anticipated to go to the jury Friday.


NE Man Fatally Shot in the Head

A man in his twenties was killed when another man approached him on a Northeast Washington street and shot him in the head yesterday afternoon, police said.

The man, who was not identified but who police say lived in the area, was shot at the 1100 block of I Street NE about 4:45 p.m., said Capt. Michael McGraw of the D.C. police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

McGraw said detectives were interviewing several witnesses, but police have not identified a motive or suspect.

Police and residents said that I Street NE, a known open-air drug market, had long been associated with violence but that crime had declined in the past couple of years.