Police arrest N. Laurel man after car chase


A North Laurel man was arrested early Saturday after Howard County police found him in possession of what they described as burglary tools and a small amount of PCP, a police report said.

Just after 2 a.m., police said, officers approached a man sitting in a gray Nissan 300 ZX stopped in the parking lot of the Hubcap Island shop in the 10000 block of U.S. 1. As they neared the car, it sped away and police said the officers gave chase.

The car came to a halt at the Crescent Mobile Home Park in the same block and the driver fled. Police said he was found lying on the roof of a mobile home and arrested.

A search of the car turned up a PCP cigarette, a knife in a black sheath next to the driver's seat, and various tools behind the passenger's seat, including a hammer, two flashlights, a wrench, a small crowbar, three screwdrivers, a pair of wire cutters, a pair of black gloves, a gray work glove and a ski mask, according to police.

James Tobin Ritchie, 33, of the 9300 block of Madison Ave. was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia, fourth-degree burglary, possession of a concealed deadly weapon, driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked or suspended license and fleeing and eluding police.

Ritchie was released from the Howard County Detention Center this weekend after posting $5,000 bail.

Pub Date: 2/04/97

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