A 38-year-old Kingsville man has been charged with stealing a car and leading police on a chase through Baltimore County last week, police announced Monday.

Christopher Anthony Denicolis, of the 12400 block of Wolbert Way, was arrested Friday and faces charges of car theft and grand theft, police said.


He initially was ordered held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center but was released on $50,000 bond Monday, according to court records.

Denicolis’ release was contingent upon him returning to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where he had been in an drug addiction treatment program before he left and stole the car, according to Mark Van Bavel, a Towson attorney who is representing him.

“He’s just been struggling with an addictions problem and struggling with having spent many years in jail,” Van Bavel said. The lawyer said Denicolis hopes to “reacclimate himself to society and lead a clean and sober life.”

The incident began at 1:07 p.m. Friday, when a white Dodge Journey was reported stolen at the Canton Car Wash in Nottingham, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.

Shortly after the car was reported stolen, an officer in the White Marsh precinct spotted a vehicle matching the description, according to police. Police said air support followed the car until confirming it was the stolen Dodge, and that the car went on and off the Baltimore Beltway several times.

Officers attempted to stop the car, but it fled from Route 702 onto Interstate 695 and then exited on Pulaski Highway, according to police. The driver pulled into the parking lot of a Sonic Drive-In at 8733 Pulaski Highway, hit another vehicle, then turned onto Rossville Boulevard, according to police.

The driver tried to turn left onto Kelso Drive, but struck a BGE transformer, a light pole and a traffic signal box at the intersection of Kelso and Rossville Boulevard, police said.

The car flipped, and police pulled a man from the car as downed wires were arcing nearby. The suspect was arrested at 1:28 p.m.

He was taken to a MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with non-visible injuries, and will be charged after he is released, Peach said.