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Fatal crash in Montgomery County following police pursuit

Maryland State Police investigate a double fatal crash that happened overnight in Baltimore County
Posted at 3:28 PM, Feb 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 10:51:57-04

MONTGOMERY, Md. — An investigation is underway into a February 26 police pursuit that ended in a fatal crash in Montgomery County.

It happened around 1:30 a.m., in the area of Rockville Pike and Nicholson Lane when an officer noticed a driver committing a traffic violation.

The officer tried pulling the driver over, but he refused to stop and fled.

Police gave chase and the driver eventually lost control, crashing in the 3600 block of Randolph Road in Wheaton.

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Noraly Paz Chavez of Riverdale, died on scene.

The officer identified as Police Officer III Antonio Copeland. His body-worn and dashboard cameras and microphone were activated. That footage has been released and can be viewed here.