By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
6:22 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
A half-hour police chase of a stolen vehicle through southeastern Baltimore ended about 5 p.m. Tuesday with the driver being arrested after a foot pursuit, according to city police.
Police began tailing the stolen silver vehicle about 4:30 p.m. and at one point followed it onto a local highway, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. But most of the chase — which involved the police helicopter Foxtrot — occurred in the city, including the streets of Canton.
The vehicle, which Monroe did not identify, was seen by one passerby traveling north at a high rate of speed on S. Clinton Street near Fait Avenue, with police patrol cars in pursuit.
"We usually try to keep the vehicle in sight and be as safe as we can until we can get Foxtrot in for support," Monroe said.
Once the helicopter unit spots a vehicle being pursued, officers on the ground can give the fleeing subject a bit more space, Monroe said. Other units, being given directions from Foxtrot, can then cut off the suspect.
The chase Tuesday ended when the male driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, jumped out of the car, Monroe said.
The suspect then "ran into an alley and into a backyard" before being apprehended, Monroe said.
After being taken into custody, the man refused to tell police his identity, nor did he have identification on him, Monroe said.
"He said he's John Doe and for us to wait for fingerprints to come back," she said.
The man will face charges "stemming from being in possession of a stolen vehicle as well as the various traffic violations that he committed while he was trying to elude police," Monroe said.
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