Taiwan X. Linton, 18, one of the occupants inside the stolen Honda, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The juvenile driver and two other juvenile occupants inside the stolen Honda were injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment.
In Baltimore County, department policy dictates that an officer must immediately consult with a supervisor on whether the risks of a car chase outweigh the risk of the suspect getting away. Whenever there’s a chase, there could be a risk to the safety of citizens, other drivers, the police officer and the suspect, said Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for Baltimore County police.
“In this case, the supervisor within seconds terminated the pursuit,” Vinson said. “The officer did stop pursuing and the vehicle continued to flee. The officer lost sight of the vehicle and then came up upon the [crash].”
When police do engage in a chase, Vinson said, there is constant conversation between the officer and supervisor to evaluate whether safety factors such as vehicle speed, traffic, weather and nearby populations have changed.
The department also follows up every chase with an administrative investigation to review whether safety protocol was appropriately followed.