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Alleged impaired driver slams into several police cars in an attempt to flee custody

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 11:36:28-04

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. — After a brief pursuit and hitting multiple police cars, an 18-year-old was arrested and charged by Anne Arundel County Police Department in Brooklyn Park.

On October 28, 2020 at approximately 12:05 a.m. an officer was on patrol in the area of Pope Street near Church Street in Brooklyn Park when he observed a male subject passed out while in the driver's seat of a black Hyundai Elantra. The officer stopped to check on the welfare of the subject, but, as the officer approached the vehicle, the male woke up and drove away.

The officer followed the vehicle and noticed that the driver was driving under the influence.

A traffic stop was initiated, but the subject refused to stop the vehicle. Officers pursued the vehicle to the area of Hilltop Road and Old Riverside Road, where another officer was waiting in his patrol vehicle to assist with the incident. The suspect stopped and, as this officer exited his vehicle to engage the suspect, the suspect accelerated and intentionally struck the officer’s vehicle and fled again.

A short distance away, the subject turned off the lights and stopped the vehicle on Marshall Road. As the officers exited their vehicles, the suspect struck the driver’s door of another patrol vehicle, as the officer was standing in the open door area, and fled again.

The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree in the area of Marshall Road and 6th Avenue. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. However, he was apprehended in the backyard of a residence in the 300 block of 6th Avenue.

During the foot pursuit, the suspect discarded a .40 caliber, Ruger semi-automatic handgun. The weapon had been reported stolen in North Carolina in 2016. Officers also recovered a small amount of suspected CDS (marijuana), paraphernalia and a digital scale from the vehicle.

The police vehicles sustained minor damage as a result of the collisions and the suspect, who was identified as 18-year-old Tyjuan Keon Tates, of Baltimore, was not injured.

Tates was arrested and charged accordingly.