A Lothian man whose Ford Mustang was traveling at least 91 mph was only slightly injured when his car ran off Route 408 yesterday morning, overturned four times and broke "into numerous pieces," police said.
William Dennis Shepherd, 37, of the 5600 block of Greenock Road,was flown to the Prince George's County Hospital Center, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday. Police said he suffered only minor cuts.
County police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said the car was destroyed beyond recognition. "You would never in this world guess what this was," he said.
Police said an officer saw the car speeding southbound on Route 2 about 2 a.m. He radioed officers Kimberly Johnson and Richard Harard and told them the car was headed their way.
Those officers clocked the car at 91 mph, police said, adding thatthe car "appeared to accelerate to an even greater speed" when the driver saw the police cars.
Before the two officers could catch up,it had turned onto Route 408, near the community of Greenock, and had crashed.
Police said that Johnson and Harard had to take swerve away from the debris in the roadway by skidding across the road and into a field and clump of trees. They were treated for minor injuries at Anne Arundel General Hospital.
Molloy said charges are pending.
K-9 DOG HELPS TO NAB SUSPECT IN ROBBERY
A police dog helped officers arrest a suspect in an armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old deliveryman from Pastore's Italian Food Stores had just pulled up to a home in the 7700 block of Lake Drivein Pasadena about 7:15 p.m. when a man opened the car door and demanded money. The victim put the money into a brown paper bag and the suspect ran away.
The K-9 dog, named Banshee, was able to lead police down a dirt road and trail through woods that ended in the back of a home on West Drive. Police found the bag, minus the money, in a gully along the trail.
Residents of the house near the trail told police the suspect had been visiting just before and after the robbery. Police said they found at least one witness to the robbery in the home.
The man's identity and description were broadcast, and at 1 a.m. this morning, Herbert Andrew Hatfield, 20, of the 7600 block of West Drive, turned himself in to police. He was charged with armed robbery.
5 ARRESTED IN RAID ON GLEN BURNIE HOME
Five people were arrested on drug charges Wednesday night after county narcotics detectives raided a Glen Burnie home.
Members of the Special Operations Squadwent into the home, in the 100 block of New Jersey Avenue, at 9:30 p.m. Police said they seized three grams of cocaine, one gram of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $638.
All were charged with cocaine and marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were:
* Peter Anthony Ciaravella, 32, and Barbara Ann Ciaravella, 24, who both live in the house that was raided.
* Francis Matthew Ciaravella, 33, of the 100 block of Allegany Road, in Stevensville, Queen Anne's County.
* Karen Lee Nobles, 26, of the 200 block of Ullman Road, in Pasadena.
* William Raymond James Bianco, 29, of the 7400 block of Furnace Branch Road, in Glen Burnie.
OFFICER FINDS COCAINE IN GLUE CONTAINER
An Annapolis police officer found four rocks of crack cocaine in a glue container in the Newtowne housing complex Wednesday night, police said.
The officer was responding to a callthat a man was dealing drugs on Newtowne Road about 7 p.m., police said. The dealer had disappeared, but the officer searched the area and found the drugs.
MAN ATTEMPTS HOLDUP WITH UNLOADED GUN
A man armed with an unloaded gun attempted to rob a Mobil station in AnnapolisWednesday night, police said.
The man walked into the gas stationin the 3000 block of Forest Drive at about 7 p.m. and demanded money, police said. While he was pointing a chrome revolver at the clerk, the cylinder fell open. The clerk noticed the gun was unloaded and told the would-be robber that he was calling the police.
The suspectwas described as a black man, about 5 feet 9 inches, weighing about 150 pounds, and wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, jeans and a blue baseball cap, police said.