Footage from fatal Montgomery Co. police pursuit released

Footage from a Feb. 26 Montgomery County police pursuit in which a woman died was released Wednesday by Maryland Attorney General’s Independent Investigation Division.

Police said Noraly Paz Chavez, 26, of Riverdale, drove away when Officer Antonio Copeland, who has worked for the Montgomery County Police Department for 16 1/2 years, tried to perform a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. in North Bethesda.

According to the video, Copeland told the dispatcher Chavez might be driving under the influence and pursues her.

Chavez lost control of her vehicle while being pursued and crashed in Wheaton. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A male passenger was treated for minor injuries and released.

Video from Montgomery County dashcam and body-worn camera is on YouTube.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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