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Two charged after three-county high-speed chase

October 26, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

FREDERICK, Md. -- Maryland State Police charged two men after a high-speed chase that reached speeds up to 110 mph, involved three counties and resulted in two police cruisers being hit by the suspect's car on Saturday, according to a news release.

The chase started in Frederick County and went into Howard and Carroll counties.

The driver, John Kemp, 19, and the passenger, Larnell Minor, 23, were charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana and cocaine, and numerous traffic violations, the release states. Police did not have available an address for either man.

The men were being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on Sunday morning. Kemp was being held on a $200,000 bond and Minor was being held on a $40,000 bond.

Trooper 1st Class Richard Kulina pulled the silver 2005 Pontiac Grand Am over for a broken taillight on westbound I-70 near the Holly Hills Country Club in the New Market, Md., area around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Wayne Wachsmuth said.

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Kulina spoke to the driver and got back in his cruiser to check on some information when the Pontiac fled, Wachsmuth said.

The Pontiac took the exit for Md. 144, heading west, and at one point was heading west in the eastbound lanes, according to the news release.

The car took several side roads before getting back on I-70, heading east and taking Md. 27 in Mount Airy. Md., before turning east on Md. 144, police said.

Near Woodbine Road in Howard County, Md., the Pontiac hit the right rear bumper of a cruiser driven by Trooper Shawn Brown from the Westminster, Md., barrack, police said.

After turning north onto Md. 97, the Pontiac hit Kulina's cruiser and then Brown's cruiser again, police said.

The Pontiac was blocked in on Md. 97 at Streaker Road in Carroll County, Md., police said.

Neither officer was injured and the damage to the two state police cruisers was minor, the release states.

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