One dead, three hurt after police chase starts in Cecil, ends in Havre de Grace

One person died and three others, including an Edgewood man, were injured after a driver fled when police tried to stop him Monday night in Cecil County, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver then led police on a chase west on Route 40 and across the Hatem Bridge that ended at the intersection of Route 40 and Otsego Street in Havre de Grace, when the vehicle crashed into a utility pole.

The driver of a stolen blue 2005 Subaru Outback, Terrence Gibson Sr., 42, of Columbia, was pronounced deceased at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, according to the release.

The front seat passenger, Melissa Ann Williams, 30, of Middle River, was taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Delaware. Joseph Taylor, 41, of Edgewood, who was a backseat passenger, was taken by Delaware State Police Medevac to Christiana Hospital and Nicole Lashawn King, 42, of Baltimore, was taken by Maryland State Police Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, State Police said.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, a Maryland State Police trooper from the North East Barrack activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop a blue 2005 Subaru Outback on eastbound Route 40 at Landing Lane in Elkton in Cecil County, according to the release.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Baltimore City Friday, police said. The driver of the Subaru refused to stop, made a u-turn and continued west on Route 40 traveling at a high rate of speed.

As the driver approached westbound Route 40, east of Mechanic Valley Road, the trooper pulled away from the pursuit. The driver slowed at the red light and continued west on Route 40, west of Route 272, where another trooper attempted a traffic stop. The driver again failed to stop and accelerated away.

Stop sticks were successfully used in two locations in the Perryville area in an attempt to slow down the vehicle. With two flat tires, the driver continued to drive west on Route 40 across the Hatem Bridge. As the driver crossed into Harford County, he lost control and struck a utility pole in the median at westbound Route 40 and Ostego Street in Havre de Grace, according to the release.

Emergency medical personnel responded and immediately rendered aid.

According to a Facebook post from Susquehanna Hose Company, which responded to the crash, four additional ambulances and two helicopters were requested to the scene.

Troopers from the JFK Barrack and North East Barrack were assisted by officers from the Perryville Police Department.

The intersection at westbound Route 40 and Ostego Street in Havre de Grace remained closed shortly after 11 p.m. as the Maryland State Police Crash Team continued its investigation.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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