A Towson man was issued more than 80 traffic citations Saturday night after allegedly leading police on a chase in a suspected stolen car along Route 40 from Aberdeen to Edgewood, according to Aberdeen Police.
“There’s no doubt when you’re fleeing from police you’re putting the police officers, yourself and others in danger,” Aberdeen Police Lt. Will Reiber said. “It was not a good move. His bad behavior just makes everything else worse.”
Aberdeen Police were called around 1:40 p.m. Saturday to Walmart in the 600 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard, where a woman said her ex-boyfriend was in the area, possibly in violation of a protective order.
Officers responded to Walmart and tried to stop the vehicle the man was supposed to be in, Reiber said. He was later identified as Jeral Diggs, 33, of the 200 block of Washington Avenue in Towson
As officers approached the vehicle, a yellow Camaro with black racing stripes, the driver sped off and a chase ensued, Reiber said.
As they were following Diggs, police ran the license plate on the vehicle and found it was stolen from Baltimore County, he said.
Police, including Aberdeen officers and Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies, chased Diggs west on Route 40 toward Edgewood. As deputies tried to use a spike strip to stop Diggs, he did a U-turn and turned onto Sand Pebble Drive, Reiber said.
That’s where Diggs allegedly bailed out of the car and fled into the woods. Officers chased him, eventually caught him and arrested him.
He was issued 82 traffic citations in connection with the chase, including multiple charges of speeding, negligent, reckless and aggressive driving, failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions, failure to stop at a red light and stop sign and fleeing from police.