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Police chase in Baltimore County ends when vehicle overturns, catches fire

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A man being chased by Baltimore County police along Marriottsville Road in Randallstown yesterday afternoon lost control of his car, which overturned and then erupted into flames, a police spokesman said.

The driver, who was not identified because charges had not been filed, got out of the 1992 Buick and ran before the fire started, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. After he was apprehended, the man was taken to Northwest Hospital Center for minor injuries from the crash, Toohey said.

Police had received a 911 call about 1 p.m. reporting a man smoking marijuana in his car parked at a gas station at Liberty and Marriottsville roads, Toohey said. An officer pulled the man over on Marriottsville Road. When the officer asked the driver for his license and registration, the man drove away, Toohey said.

The man lost control of the Buick near the Carroll County line, police said. After the fire was extinguished, police found a half-pound of marijuana in the car, Toohey said.

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