A 30-year-old Baltimore man is jailed without bail in Harford County facing multiple criminal and traffic charges after leading police on a wild car chase through Edgewater Village on Tuesday.
Gregory Jamal Turnipseed appeared via closed circuit TV from the Harford County Detention Center at a bail review hearing in District Court in Bel Air Wednesday afternoon, where the judge denied bail.
According to charging documents and electronic court records, Turnipseed, whose address is listed as the 400 block of Lyndhurst Street, is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest and with 16 separate traffic infractions, including speeding, driving a vehicle without the owner's consent, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and negligent driving.
A Maryland State Police trooper on routine patrol in the area of Route 40 and Gateway Drive around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday saw a red Chevy Cobalt occupied by two people and ran a tag check that showed the vehicle had been stolen, according to charging documents. When the trooper's marked vehicle got behind the Cobalt, the driver turned onto Gateway Drive and then into a 7-Eleven parking lot and then went back onto Route 40 going east. The trooper called for backup.
Meanwhile, the Cobalt turned onto Tree Top Drive and began traveling through the streets of Edgewater Village as a second trooper joined the chase. When the Cobalt drove into Waterfowl Court, the driver bailed out and took off running, according to charging documents. He was tracked down a short time later on Harbinger Trial by a Harford County Sheriff's deputy.
Turnipseed allegedly gave a false name to the officers, who ran a records check and matched him to a booking photo from Baltimore City Police, according to charging documents. Computer records showed an active warrant against Turnipseed for violation of probation in a case involving a charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to charging documents.
Turnipseed, according to charging documents, told officers he was "just walking around smoking marijuana and that's why he gave a fake name," also explaining his cousin lives nearby and won't let him smoke in the house. The charging documents also state the woman who was in the car was found standing outside the apartment building where Turnipseed said his cousin lives. She said Turnipseed picked her up in southwest Baltimore City and she did not know the car was stolen, also telling the officers he fled "because he did not have a driver's license and never did," according to the charging documents.
The woman was not detained. According to the charging documents, Turnipseed later told troopers he was walking around the Edmondson Village neighborhood in southwest Baltimore when he saw the Cobalt with the keys in it and decided to take it. He picked up his girlfriend and drove her to Harford County, he told the officers, also explaining he did not know the car was reported stolen, according to the charging documents.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun