A Westminster man is accused of driving with a suspended license and leading police on a 37-mile high-speed chase through three counties in two states before he was arrested and charged with numerous traffic violations early Sunday, authorities said.
James Allen Ward Jr., 21, of the first block of Hook Road was being held yesterday evening at the Carroll County Detention Center on $8,000 bond on charges that included driving while under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, and other traffic counts, police said. No bail was set on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a previous charge, according to District Court records.
State police said a man driving a Ford Mustang was observed passing another vehicle illegally on Route 97 near Murkle Road north of Westminster at 12:47 a.m. Sunday. Trooper Donald Harrison tried to stop the car, which accelerated north. The chase proceeded north on Route 97 into Littlestown, Pa., and then southwest on Route 194 through Taneytown to Keymar and west on Route 77 through Detour and into Thurmont in Frederick County.
Trooper Harrison said the Ford, which was pursued by officers from Maryland State Police, Taneytown police and the Frederick County sheriff's office, traveled north from Thurmont to the grounds of Mount St. Mary's College near Emmitsburg.
Officers said the Ford stopped and the driver tried to escape on foot, but was captured.