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Two Harford sheriff’s deputies injured after chase, suspect in custody

Two Harford County Sheriff's deputies were injured and taken to area hospitals Thursday, June 25, after a chase that ended in the area of Old Joppa and Whitaker Mill roads outside Bel Air.
Two Harford County Sheriff's deputies were injured and taken to area hospitals Thursday, June 25, after a chase that ended in the area of Old Joppa and Whitaker Mill roads outside Bel Air. (James Whitlow)

Two Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies are recovering from injuries suffered following an attempted traffic stop and pursuit.

Deputies assigned to the sheriff’s Crime Suppression Unit made a traffic stop on I-95 near Route 24 underpass just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. During the stop, the driver, who police have not identified, started to pull away from the deputy as he approached the passenger side of the vehicle, dragging the deputy as the driver fled the scene, police said.

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Deputy Austin Gentry, who suffered minor injuries, returned to his vehicle and began pursuit. Gentry, an eight-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was later taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

The vehicle continued onto Route 152 before turning right onto Old Joppa Road. Additional deputies and Maryland State Police Troopers had joined the pursuit, and tire spike strips were deployed at the intersection of Whitaker Mill and Old Joppa roads.

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The driver did not stop at the intersection, striking Senior Deputy J. Nate Gerres, police said, and other vehicles in the intersection. Gerres, a member of the sheriff’s office since 2004, was airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for injuries to his lower leg, police said.

No other officers or civilians were injured, according to police.

The driver, an adult male, was taken into custody after a brief foot chase, police said.

Detectives from the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division have taken over the case.

Old Joppa Road was closed between Whitaker Mill Road and Route 1 for several hours.

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