Police ID man who died in E. Baltimore police pursuit crash

Baltimore police have identified the man who died Friday night after crashing into a tree during a police pursuit in East Baltimore.

Police said Tabbit Christian Sidney, 37, of the 1600 block of Aisquith St., was driving a sport utility vehicle about 11:30 p.m. when police working with a specialized drug and gun unit attempted to pull the car over for traffic violations and after they said a passenger "exhibited characteristics of an armed person."

Officers were pursuing the vehicle when it collided with another and struck a tree near the intersection of Broadway and East Biddle Street. Police said a handgun and two replica guns — BB guns — were recovered.

Sidney was killed, and a passenger was badly injured. Police declined to release the passenger's name, saying he had not been charged.

According to WJZ-TV, the suspect vehicle struck an SUV carrying six Dunbar High School football players on their way home from a game. The players told the station that they blamed the police, not the driver who hit them.

The department's policy on pursuits says officers are not to chase suspects, except under "exigent circumstances," and officers say such decisions are made in split seconds. Officers are supposed to report to supervisors when they are in pursuit, who instruct them whether to continue or break it off.


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