It took a phone call from a girlfriend for authorities to identify an "uncooperative and belligerent" auto theft suspect who led police on a high-speed chase, spit on a police car and gave two false names over the course of his arrest early Wednesday, a Maryland State Police trooper said in charging documents.
Richard Dane Small, 22, of 412 Reynolds Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, speeding, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, giving a false name to police, and failure to display license and registration on demand, according to Washington County District Court documents.
A trooper clocked a vehicle driving 88 mph in a 65-mph zone on westbound Interstate 70 east of Md. 66 Wednesday around 1:45 a.m., according to court documents. The driver was unable to produce his license and registration and, when asked to step out for a sobriety test, sped away, reaching a speed of more than 100 mph in a 50-mph zone, going the wrong way around a traffic circle and crossing a double yellow line to pass a vehicle at the crest of a hill, the trooper said.