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County police officer's high-speed pursuit of vehicle called off because of safety concerns


A driver led a Howard County police officer on a high-speed chase from Route 175 into some east Columbia neighborhoods yesterday morning before the officer ended the chase because of safety concerns, police said.

No one was injured in the chase, and police had not found the Chevrolet Blazer involved in the incident, police said.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m., when Officer William Strausser saw a vehicle with expired Georgia plates while at the Dobbin Shopping Center. The female driver of the Blazer, who appeared to be the only occupant, saw the police car and sped away, said Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman.

The officer pursued the woman at speeds greater than 65 mph as she drove out of the shopping center, right onto eastbound Route 175, right onto Snowden River Parkway and right onto Oakland Mills Road, police said.

When the pursuit reached the intersection of Oakland Mills and Kilimanjaro roads in Columbia's Oakland Mills village, the officer's supervisor told him to end the chase because of the danger the high speeds posed to residential traffic and pedestrians in the neighborhood.

The vehicle was described as dark blue on the bottom and light blue or silver at the top. Police could not provide a detailed description of the woman.

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