Chesapeake Beach Man & His Posse Lead Cops on Chase

ATV being carried in the truck was stolen. Female passenger was wanted by the Calvert Sheriff.

On 08/25/2006, 3:40 p.m., TFC Whipp of the Maryland State Police (MSP) was patrolling on Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick, when he attempted to stop a truck for speeding. The operator, later identified as Raymond C. Custis, 37, of Chesapeake Beach, refused to stop and continued west on Dares Beach Rd., towards MD Rt. 2/4. Custis proceeded north on 2/4, jumped the center median curb, traveled north in the southbound lanes, and proceeded into the Chapline Place Shopping Center. Additional units from the MSP and Calvert County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) engaged in the pursuit.

The suspect drove recklessly through the Chapline Place Shopping Center, then crossed 2/4 and entered the Fox Run Shopping Center. He, once again, drove recklessly through the Fox Run Shopping Center and returned to 2/4, initially traveling south in the northbound lanes. He then crossed the center median curb and continued south.

He quickly turned into a private driveway near Jim’s Air, traveled west through private property, and crashed over an embankment onto N. Prince Frederick Blvd. Upon impact, an ATV fell out of the bed of the truck. Custis’ truck became disabled, and he and another suspect fled on foot.

Containment perimeters were established, MSP Trooper 7 was summonsed, and K-9 teams from the CCSO were requested. This search led to the apprehension of Custis by DFC Gregory and K-9 partner Robby at approximately 4:10 PM. The second unidentified suspect was not located. The ATV which fell from Mr. Custis’ vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in Huntingtown.

Mr. Custis was charged with motor vehicle theft, theft, and numerous traffic violations. A passenger in the vehicle, Donna J. Houchens, 42, of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be wanted by the CCSO on an open warrant for failing to appear in court for traffic charges. She sustained minor injuries related to the crash and was transported to CMH. She was treated and released into the custody of the CCSO. After processing, Mr. Custis and Ms. Houchens were transported to the CCDC to await a commissioner’s hearing. On 08/30/2006, a criminal summons was issued for motor vehicle theft and theft charges against Ms. Houchens.

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