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A Baltimore man was killed in a car crash Sunday after fleeing in his vehicle when a trooper attempted to stop him for a traffic violation, according to a Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack press release.
Jaie M. Perrizo, 27, of Baltimore was the driver and sole occupant of a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 4, a press release states. The crash, which occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on Route 4 south of Sixes Road, was the culmination of Perrizo’s efforts to elude Tfc. Shareef Lewis, who observed that the vehicle did not have a front registration plate from where he was monitoring traffic in the crossover at Route 4 near Industry Lane, the release states.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to and is investigating the collision, which was the result of a pursuit that lasted less than three minutes and spanned about 3½ miles, the release states.
The trooper pulled onto Route 4 and activated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle, which was heading north, according to the release.
The release states that a preliminary investigation indicates Perrizo initially pulled off the shoulder and then fled north on Route 4 when the trooper’s car pulled up behind. The trooper notified the barrack and followed Perrizo, who turned onto a side road, then onto Main Street in Prince Frederick. At the intersection of Main Street and Route 4, Perrizo turned left and proceeded south in the northbound lanes of the highway, swerving back and forth across traffic.
When Perrizo began driving south in the northbound lanes, the barrack duty officer, who was monitoring the pursuit, ordered the end of the pursuit out of concern for public safety, the release states. Moments later, the Mitsubishi struck a northbound 2010 Ford Escape on Route 4 south of Sixes Road.
Ryan C. Fisher, 31, of Port Republic was the only occupant of the Ford Escape and, at the time the press release was sent Sunday night, was undergoing treatment at Prince George’s Hospital Center for injuries he sustained in the collision.
Sgt. Bruce Bevard of the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack said Fisher sustained non-life-threatening lower-body injuries.
Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, and two Maryland State Police helicopters flew both drivers to the Prince George’s Hospital Center, according to the release. While it is unknown why Perrizo refused to stop for the trooper, the investigation is continuing.
Bevard said a search of the vehicle did not indicate why the driver fled the scene.
Perrizo was scheduled to stand trial June 12 at the District Court of Baltimore County for harassment charges, according to a Maryland Judiciary case search.
Witnesses to the event are asked to contact Tfc. Matthews at 410-535-1400 with any information.