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A burglary suspect wanted in connection with a rash of burglaries in Anne Arundel and Howard counties led police here on a 12-mile chase and assaulted three officers when he was captured, police said.

When it was over, James W. Rummerfield, 41, of Baltimore was charged with reckless endangerment, theft, burglary, three counts of assault on a police officer and eight counts of destruction of property. He's also been charged with DWI, driving with a suspended license, fleeing and eluding police, excessive speed and reckless driving, police said.

Rummerfield is being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bail.

More charges against him are pending in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, police said. He's wanted in connection with fleeing Anne Arundel police while being questioned about burglaries in that county, and with a "car-jacking" in Baltimore County.

Howard County police gave this account of what happened:

At 3 a.m. Monday, Anne Arundel police chased Rummerfield, who had fled while being questioned on the parking lot of a business on Candlewood Road. Rummerfield was stopped because his 1986 Chrysler matched the description of a car connected to a rash of burglaries in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

When the fleeing Chrysler left Anne Arundel County and entered Howard County on Dorsey Road, Howard police took over pursuit. The chase stretched 12 miles along the U.S. 1 corridor and ended in Baltimore County near Sulphur Spring Road.

When Rummerfield was captured, he assaulted three officers, police said.

"The guy was fighting back," said Sgt Gary Gardner, a county police spokesman. He said the man was intoxicated and resisted arrest. The officers were treated for minor cuts.

Inside the Chrysler, police said, they recovered $2,500 worth of stolen electronic equipment, including a TV, fax machine, copier and videocassette recorders. The items were reported stolen during burglaries. Police also learned that the Chrysler was stolen from a woman Saturday at a convenience store in Baltimore County.

The charges didn't end there.

Police also charged Rummerfield with destruction of property. Police said he used a hammer to break out windows of businesses along the U.S. 1 corridor in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

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