Man accused of leading police on Route 140 chase


A Westminster man is accused of leading a Taneytown police officer on a brief chase along Route 140 that reached speeds of more than 115 mph Saturday morning, police said yesterday.

David A. Brocato Jr., 20, of the 3500 block of Littlestown Pike allegedly was trying to race his Chevrolet Vega against a Ford Mustang shortly after midnight, Taneytown Police Chief Melvin E. Diggs said.

Mr. Brocato told Taneytown Officer Edward Engel that he and the driver of the Mustang -- Charles W. Brooks, 22, of Taneytown -- had met several minutes earlier at the Taneytown Shopping Center, Chief Diggs said.

Officer Engel noticed the two cars turn from the shopping center onto Route 140. The officer said the Mustang spun its wheels, while the Vega headed east.

When the officer activated his siren and roof lights, the Vega sped up, the officer said in his report.

After a chase that lasted several minutes, the Vega stopped, police said.

Mr. Brocato was charged with speeding, reckless driving, negligent driving, eluding a police officer and driving in a race on a highway. He was also charged with several lesser traffic offenses, the chief said. He was later released.

The driver of the Mustang was charged with spinning his wheels, the chief said.

No one was injured.


* Taneytown: Taneytown, Harney, Union Bridge, Westminster, Littlestown and Kingsdale of Adams County, Pa., responded to a townhouse fire in the 400 block of Clover Court at 9:52 a.m. yesterday. Units were out for 52 minutes.

Taneytown responded to clean up spilled fuel after an accident on East Baltimore Street at 12:25 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 15 minutes.

Taneytown and Harney responded to a fire alarm in the first block of Kings Drive at 8:51 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 12 minutes.

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