Maryland State Police troopers tried to pull over a car on Interstate 95 near Route 24 Sunday morning, when the vehicle fled and ultimately crashed into two parked cars at an Abingdon liquor store, a duty officer at State Police JFK Barracks in Cecil County said.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the crash and remained at large Monday afternoon, while state police say they are also investigating a threatening crank phone call that was received in connection with the incident.
No one was injured in the pursuit, which began at about 11 a.m. and involved 12 state troopers, as well as Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies, the JFK Barrack duty officer, who declined to give his name, said.
The car was traveling south on I-95 when State Police troopers flagged it down for a minor traffic violation.
The vehicle failed to stop and instead exited I-95 onto Route 24 in Abingdon.
The vehicle later crashed into two parked cars at Friendship Wine & Liquor, on Woodsdale Road just off Route 924, a short distance from the interstate highway.
The suspects then bailed out of the vehicle. Everyone was eventually located, by about 2 p.m., except for the driver, the duty officer said.
Vehicles reached speeds of 60 miles per hour during the pursuit, according to police.
At least three people were detained, but their identities were not made public. The three were believed to be passengers in the car and were released without charges, a different officer at the JFK Barrack said Monday morning.
The driver remained at large Monday and while police say they learned his identity, were not releasing the name pending his arrest. Charges including fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of an accident and several other serious traffic violations are pending against the driver, state police said.
The initial stop was described as a routine stop and not involving major charges, according to police
There were no injuries related to the incident, but one person did place a prank call threatening to shoot police if they came closer.
That call is under investigation, the JFK Barrack officer said Monday.