7 arrested after stolen van chase; Carroll County deputy seriously injured

Police car on the street at night(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Chalabala)

WASHINGTON — Seven people were arrested Saturday after the driver of a stolen van led police on a pursuit in Carroll County. A Carroll County deputy was seriously injured in a seemingly unrelated crash on the way to the scene.

At around 4:30 p.m., a Maryland state trooper monitoring traffic on eastbound Route 140 at Market Street saw a silver 2012 Toyota Sienna van traveling 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

According to a Maryland State Police news release, the trooper activated his emergency equipment and tried to stop the van, but the driver ignored the emergency signals and continued eastbound.

The driver of the van passed other vehicles on the shoulder of the road and was “operating recklessly.”

The trooper ran a check on the vehicle after obtaining the van’s registration number and learned that the van was reported stolen through the Baltimore County Police Department.

The van ran over stop sticks deployed by a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the area of Route 140 and Kays Mills Road. Two of the front tires deflated and the van continued south on Route. 91. The van stopped in the area south of Old Gamber Road, where six of the seven people in the van left the vehicle and tried to escape the scene.

Troopers and deputies arrested all seven suspects.

The suspects are in custody and troopers will be interviewing them to determine who will be charged and what those charges will be.

A Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision while en route to back up Maryland State Police at Gamber Road and Cold Saturday Drive off Route 91.

The deputy was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The driver of the second vehicle, a white Nissan Rogue, was transported to Carroll Hospital Center for further care. The Maryland State Police Crash Team is investigating the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at 410-386-3000.

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