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Kidnapping, police chase case ends with most serious charges dropped

Kidnapping, police chase case ends with most serious charges dropped

Last August, a 25-minute police chase touched off across three jurisdictions when patrol officers saw a distressed woman inside a car whose driver fled when they attempted to pull it over.

The pursuit was carried live by broadcast networks, and ended dramatically when the vehicle crashed into a Southwest Baltimore home and a detective, clad in an all-white suit, placed the driver under arrest.

Charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault for the two men in the vehicle, Robert Bethea and Mark Jackson, were dropped. Jackson, 36, received two years in prison for a drug charge related to discarding drugs as he fled; Bethea, 37, received no jail time or even a fine for...

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