Charges pending against pair seriously hurt in police chase


Two men chased by police after they drove out of a construction site in Ellicott City just after midnight yesterday were seriously injured after their truck struck a tree, Howard County police reported.

One of the men is wanted by Baltimore County police in the burglary and theft of a van in Fullerton and in the theft of a computer from a Lansdowne construction company, Baltimore County police said.

The driver, Daniel T. Harris, 30, of Baltimore and Wayne R. Burnett, 47, of Pasadena were rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were listed in serious condition.

The chase began when two men driving a Ford U-Haul sped out of a construction site on Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City with their truck lights turned off, police said. The truck just missed Howard County Pfc. Guy Williams' police cruiser, and he began to chase the truck.

The truck driver lost control of the vehicle on Old Frederick Road near the Baltimore County line and struck a tree.

Baltimore County police had previously charged Burnett with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of grand theft in the Fullerton and Lansdowne incidents. He was wanted on a warrant, police said.

Burnett "will be questioned about other burglaries in the area, but no charges are pending," said Cpl. Vicki Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.

Yesterday, police found two gas ranges in the U-Haul, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a Howard County police spokesman. Police say they believe the truck was stolen from a Columbia U-Haul company.

"Charges are pending" in yesterday's incident, Carroll said.

Pub Date: 9/23/99

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