Matthew Taylor Brann, age 25. (Booking photos)
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (April 25, 2016)—A wanted man took police on a high speed chase this morning in Calvert County. The man had open warrants and had eluded police earlier in the morning. The suspect, identified as Matthew Taylor Brann, age 25, subsequently fled a traffic stop around 8:55 a.m. Police say Brann ditched his car and fled into a wooded area, leaving his "obviously shaken" female passenger in the vehicle.
Police setup a search perimeter; a K9 and MSP Trooper 7 helicopter assisted in the search. After an hour, police were unable to locate the man and cleared the scene, after impounding the vehicle.
Before the morning was over, a citizen called to report the location of the suspect. Sheriff's office deputies and state police personnel responded to the area and located Brann walking at the intersection of Rt. 231 and Thunder hill Road. He was taken into custody without incident.
In addition to being served with the outstanding warrants for first degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and violation of probation, Brann will also be charged with fleeing and eluding and numerous traffic charges, say police.
Brann has 42 assorted traffic and criminal charges in the Md. Judiciary database dating back to 2009, at which time he was age 18.
The Calvert County Sheriff's Office provided the following detailed narrative of the incident:
“On April 25, 2016 at approximately 8:55 a.m. Dfc. Livingston of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Mercedes Benz along southbound Maryland Route 4 in the area of the Radio Shack shopping center. The operator had an open warrant and had eluded police earlier in the morning. The vehicle stopped and upon Dfc. Livingston approaching a female in the car put her hands up and told Dfc. Livingston she wanted to get out. At that moment, the operator of the car fled the traffic stop. The vehicle turned right onto West Dares Beach Road. The vehicle continued west on West Dares Beach Road to the intersection of Prince Frederick Boulevard. The operator disregarded the red signal at the intersection and drove south on Prince Frederick Boulevard. The operator of the vehicle then failed to stop at the stop sign and turned right to travel west on Maryland Route 231. The vehicle continued westbound on Rt. 231 disregarding the red light at J.W. Williams Road. The vehicle continued west on Rt. 231 to German Chapel Road where it made a left. The vehicle was travelling at an extremely high rate of speed on German Chapel Road. Deputies were unable to keep up with the vehicle and lost sight of it. The personnel in the area knew that the vehicle had not made it to Rt. 4 from German Chapel and a general perimeter was set up.
“Once deputies began to back track, the vehicle and the obviously shaken female were located near the end of Dan Bowen Road in the driveway of a private residence. The male subject had exited the vehicle and had run into a large wooded area. Multiple units from the Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police established a more specific perimeter and a search was conducted by Calvert County Sheriff's Office Dfc. Morder and his K9 partner "WOLF". MSP Trooper 7 also assisted with searching the area from above. A NIXEL was also sent out to alert citizens of the police activity in the area. After approximately one hour passed the perimeter was broken down, the vehicle was stored and the bulk of the units cleared the scene.
“At approximately 11:10 a.m. a citizen from Thunder Hill Road contacted the Sheriff's Office and advised there was a male subject matching the suspect's description walking in the neighborhood. CCSO deputies and MSP personnel responded to the area and located the suspect walking at the intersection of Rt. 231 and Thunder hill Road. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.”