Sheriff's cruiser stolen Sunday in Brandywine, 120 mph chase ensues
Alleged driver charged with theft, assaults after chase ends in five-car crash
Police have charged a Clinton man with the Sunday theft of a Prince George's County sheriff's deputy's cruiser that led police on a 120 mph chase into Charles County and caused a five-car crash, officials said.
James Lloyd Robinson III was arrested shortly after the crash, which occurred at the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge toll plaza in Newburg. His 24 charges stemming from the incident include first-degree assault, theft and malicious destruction of property charges, according to Prince George's County District Court documents. Four other cars were damaged in the crash that halted the car chase and two people were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, said 1st Sgt. Pete Spaulding of the Maryland State Police department's La Plata barrack.
The sheriff's deputy's unmarked cruiser was stolen around 12:30 p.m. in the 15500 block of Brinton Way in Brandywine while the deputy was attempting to serve court paperwork, said sheriff's deputy spokeswoman Capt. Nancy Ridgley.
The deputy, whose name Ridgley declined to confirm, fired a shot at the man in his cruiser after the man "made some aggressive moves," she said. Neither the man nor the cruiser was struck. She could not say what specific action prompted the deputy to fire his gun.
The sheriff's internal affairs division is investigating whether the car was left unlocked and running and the circumstances of the gunfire. Ridgley did not know whether the deputy would be suspended while the investigation is ongoing.
Ridgley said deputies are expected to shut off and lock their cruisers if they were going to be away from their vehicle for some time.
Maryland State Police were alerted to the stolen cruiser and followed it south on Route 301 for more than five miles, reaching speeds up to 120 mph, state police said.
Robinson is being held on $175,000 bond at the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro, Ridgley said. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23 in Prince George's County District Court. Court documents did not list an attorney for Robinson.
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