Two Southern Maryland men were arrested early Friday morning after they allegedly tried to elude police in a stolen vehicle and then careened into a Lexington Park home, injuring a child who was sleeping inside.
Larry Cornell Johnson, 19, of Prince Frederick, and his passenger, Michael Leroy Purvey, 33, of Great Mills, were arrested shortly after the incident. Johnson was charged with attempting to elude police officers and motor vehicle theft. He was being held Friday at the St. Mary's County Detention Center on $1,500 bond. Purvey was charged with motor vehicle theft and was held on $3,500 bond at the Detention Center.
Authorities said Johnson and Purvey were speeding south on Route 235 about 2:46 a.m. when sheriff's deputies--on the lookout for a stolen vehicle from Calvert County--tried to stop their car.
Johnson allegedly began accelerating to avoid being stopped and turned into the Spring Valley neighborhood in Lexington Park. He lost control of the sedan, which hurtled through the yard of a home on Spring Valley Drive.
The car sideswiped the home before coming to rest after hitting a Jeep parked in the home's driveway. A child sleeping in the home was injured by flying debris, police said. No other injuries were reported.
Police said Friday that they believe Johnson and Purvey had stolen the car Thursday evening from the parking lot of Prince Frederick Motors in Prince Frederick.