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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

MONTGOMERY, Md. — An investigation into a February 26 deadly police pursuit in Montgomery County has concluded.

The incident happened in the area of Rockville Pike and Nicholson Lane, when officer Anthony Copeland noticed a driver committing multiple traffic violations.

When Copeland tried making a traffic stop, the driver initially pulled over but soon fled.

Copeland gave chase and about four minutes later, the driver 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. A toxicology report showed Chavez had a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.15 percent at the time. The Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death accidental.

Prosecutors have declined to press charges against Copeland.

Body-worn footage of the incident can be viewed here.