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Police chase, four-hour crisis negotiation on Bay Bridge shuts traffic Saturday morning

A police chase that turned into a four-hour crisis negotiation closed the Bay Bridge and caused a miles-long traffic backup Saturday morning, an official with the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

Police tried to stop a driver wanted by the Anne Arundel County police who was fleeing in a vehicle eastbound on Route 50. The driver failed to comply, police said. Officers followed the car “at a safe speed” until the driver stopped near exit 39 for Castle Marina Road. Police and crisis negotiators were able to resolve the situation and bring the man into custody, closing and bridge and causing hours-long delays on Kent Island in the process.

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A four-mile backup was slowly improving as both spans of the bay reopened and a detour was lifted around 1 p.m. Saturday. The police presence had cleared.

Traffic on both spans was closed about 6 a.m. The traffic jam was slowly easing by late morning when the westbound span was reopened and one lane of eastbound traffic began flowing around 7:30 a.m. Eastbound traffic was crawling as traffic was diverted to exit 37 toward Stevensville until the afternoon.

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MDTA spokesperson Brady McCormick declined to give specifics of the incident and said the agency will provide an update on the incident by Sunday.

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