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Officer who chased down car theft suspect recognized by BPD Command Staff

Officer recognized for car theft suspect arrest
Officer recognized for car theft suspect arrest
Posted at 3:07 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 23:31:55-04

A Baltimore Police officer who helped alert other officers to a suspicious vehicle and then later assisted in the arrest of the fleeing driver was honored for his efforts Thursday.

Officer Gregory Parker was recognized by members of the Baltimore Police Command Staff for his role in the arrest of 26-year-old Dominique Edward in South Baltimore Wednesday.

Police said Parker was on patrol assisting other officers in a drug investigation when he noticed a Dodge Challenger involved in "suspicious activity." 

After helping with the drug investigation, Parker learned the Dodge had been reported stolen earlier in the day. He later saw the vehicle driving in the city's O'Donnell Heights neighborhood and alerted the department's Aviation Unit to follow the car and coordinate with officers on the ground.

The Dodge later crashed into several vehicles in South Baltimore, at which point the suspect, Edward, fled on foot. Parker was able to arrest Edward a short distance away from the crash scene without incident.

Edward was transported to the Central Booking and Intake Facility and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, theft, and several traffic violations.