James Alton Markel.
James Alton Markel. (Courtesy photo)

A Sykesville man was arrested Monday after fleeing police and leading them on a chase around Interstate 695, through parts of Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties in May, state police said.

James Alton Markel, 60, of the 500 block of Manor Road, was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and malicious destruction of property valued at $1,000, according to electronic court records.


In relation to the May 22 chase, Markel was also issued a number of traffic violations, including attempting to elude police and reckless driving, electronic court records show. The court set a $3,000 bail Monday, which was posted the same day, the records show.

According to the statement of charges, Maryland State Police troopers were dispatched to westbound I-195 after an altercation between a male and female was reported on the side of the road.

When state troopers arrived they applied their red and blue flashing lights, but Markel “appeared to be waving his hand no, as if he were not going to stop,” and continued on the ramp to northbound I-95, police wrote in the statement.

Markel led police officers from a variety of agencies on a chase on I-95, the outer loop of I-695 and Millersville Road in Anne Arundel County, police wrote.

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Police almost corralled Markel’s vehicle at a Wawa on Millersville Road (Md. Route 3) after he drove the car up the ramp marked by a “Do Not Enter” sign, police wrote. But Markel eluded officers by maneuvering through the neighboring Environmental Quality Resources and, when faced with another police vehicle, drove onto the lawn and through a sign post, police wrote.

Markel then led officers onto Northbound Millersville Road, where police coordinated to deploy “stop sticks,” but the driver drove straight at a trooper who attempted to use the stop sticks, forcing the officer to dive out of the road, police wrote.

Troopers were able to identify the driver, Markel, but were called off the pursuit by the “duty officer” because of “weather and traffic conditions,” the statement shows.

A call to the number listed for Markel was not returned as of 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. A court date for Markel is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Glen Burnie District Court.