Juvenile Thief Incites High Speed Pursuit, Puts One Innocent in Hospital

On 07/05/04 at 1256 hours Deputy Jay Kirkner responded to the area of San Souci, California for a reported Hit and Run accident. The vehicle description was obtained and a partial tag given. A lookout was broadcast. The vehicle came back as stolen from Frederick County Maryland on today's date at 0849 hours. At 1313 hours Sheriff David D. Zylak observed the vehicle in Leonardtown. He activated his emergency equipment and the vehicle fled onto Washington Street headed towards the Wharf. The vehicle made a U-turn and proceeded south on Maryland Roue 5. DFC Edward Evans observed the vehicle southbound on Route 5 in the area of Camp Cosoma Road. He turned on the vehicle and activated his emergency equipment. The vehicle refused to stop. A high speed chase ensued south on Rt. 5 into and through St. Mary's City. Just north of Waterview Road in St. Inigoes, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a van that had pulled to the north bound shoulder. The van, being driven by Rebecca Alice Edwards of Dameron, was pushed into the woods. The driver of the stolen car then tried to flee but was blocked in by DFC Evans. The driver then jumped out of the passengers window and was apprehended by DFC Evan's K-9 after a short foot pursuit.

The driver of the van, Rebecca Alice Edwards, was flown to Prince Georges Shock Trauma by Eagle One. The driver of the stolen vehicle, who was a juvenile, was also flown to Prince Georges County Shock Trauma. The juvenile was charged with driving while suspended, fleeing and eluding, and theft over $500.00 (grand theft auto). Additional traffic and criminal charges are pending.

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