Baltimore woman allegedly steals truck, leads police on chase around Forest Hill

A Baltimore woman allegedly stole a truck, ran one car off the road, tried to steal another car, led police on a chase and then hit a Harford County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Thursday evening, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Destinee Renee Wallace, 33, was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, carjacking, first-degree assault, second-degree assault on law enforcement, parole and program fire or EMS and two counts of second-degree assault in connection with the incident.

Wallace also is charged with more than a dozen traffic violations, including failure to control speed to avoid a collision, driving while her license is suspended, negligent and reckless driving, unsafe lane changing, failure to drive on the right half of the road, following a vehicle too closely, driving off the road when passing a vehicle, failure to stop at a red stop light, failure to yield right of way to police vehicles using signals, eluding police by failing to stop and failing to stop after an accident involving bodily injury and property damage.

She is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.

At about 5:43 p.m. Thursday, deputies assigned to the Northern Precinct of the Sheriff's Office responded to the call for a reported stolen vehicle, according to a Sheriff’s Office post on its Facebook page.

A woman, later identified as Wallace, was walking along Ridge Road in Jarrettsville when she allegedly stole a 2004 Isuzu truck parked, with the keys in the ignition, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Wallace allegedly took the truck and drove to Pleasantville Road, where she allegedly ran another vehicle off the road before getting out of the stolen truck, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Wallace allegedly tried to coerce a driver of a second vehicle out of the car, in an attempt to steal a second vehicle. Her attempt was unsuccessful and Wallace returned to the alleged stolen truck and drove away, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

While driving on Route 23, Wallace encountered a Harford County Sheriff's deputy and a Maryland State Police Trooper, who activated their vehicle’s emergency lights and tried to stop the alleged stolen truck, police said.

When Wallace failed to stop, police began to chase the truck, which turned onto Route 24, where Wallace allegedly intentionally hit the patrol vehicle of a responding deputy, causing him to be trapped, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Wallace failed to stop after allegedly striking the deputy’s patrol vehicle and the pursuit of the truck continued onto the Bel Air By-Pass before coming to an end at the Winters Run Bridge. Wallace got out of the truck and was taken into custody without incident, according to the Facebook post.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division have assumed the investigation.

The deputy involved in the crash was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for treatment of minor injuries, according to the police report.

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