Three Teens Lead Police on Dangerous Early Morning Car Chase - Southern Maryland Headline News

Three Teens Lead Police on Dangerous Early Morning Car Chase

Police use K-9 to Subdue One of Three Teenage Suspects Who Reportedly Violently Resisted Arrest

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. - St. Mary's County Deputies and a State Police Trooper were led on a dangerous car chase in the early morning hours by three teenagers who were driving a stolen vehicle. The three young credits to society were eventually taken into custody after a brief battle with police.

According to the Sheriff's Department report, on January 9, 2007, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Deputy Keith Moritz observed a vehicle in the Mechanicsville area operating in what appeared to be an impaired manner. The vehicle crossed over a grassy median strip and began to head southbound on Three Notch Road. When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled and a chase ensued.

The chase continued south. Other officers had been alerted and subsequently deployed tire deflation devices across the roadway. The suspects drove over the device causing all four of their tires to become flat. Nonetheless, the vehicle continued fleeing, riding on the rims and undercarriage.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop at a dead-end road in a California, Md. neighborhood. However, the three suspects refused to exit the vehicle. Deputies, assisted by Maryland State Police Trooper "Chip" Koch, attempted to get the suspects into custody using physical force.

Two juvenile suspects, both age 17 of Great Mills, Md., and a third suspect Demetrius Anthony Williams, age 18 of Great Mills, Md., resisted arrest. Police say Williams actively resisted the arrest causing them to deploy their K-9 dog, named Yanic, against the man. Yanic was able to subdue Williams so he could be placed into custody.

Police later discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from a Great Mills neighborhood, unbeknownst to the owner. The vehicle sustained extensive body damage as well as damage to the steering column.

The two juveniles were held pending a juvenile hearing this morning and the adult was charged and is currently in the St. Mary's County Detention Center. The charges range from motor vehicle theft to resisting arrest.

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