Man charged with theft of a motor vehicle after police chase

Christopher Lee Coleman Sr. was also charged with rogue and vagabond, malicious destruction of property and traffic charges

March 25, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |

FREDERICK, Md. — Maryland State Police charged a Cumberland, Md., man with theft Friday after he was found driving a stolen West Virginia vehicle following a brief chase.

Christopher Lee Coleman Sr., 39, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, rogue and vagabond, malicious destruction of property and numerous traffic charges, Sgt. Dave Keller said.

Coleman was driving a 1992 green Jeep Cherokee containing alleged burglary tools when troopers stopped him in Frederick, Keller said.

The vehicle, which had a valid West Virginia registration, had been last seen in Hancock before troopers located it driving east at Braddock Mountain at about 2:50 p.m., he said.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle at the Interstate-70 off-ramp for U.S. 15 north. The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly on the ramp, before driving away, headed north on U.S. 15 and then continued onto Jefferson Street pursued by police, Keller said.

The driver, later identified as Coleman, abandoned the vehicle at the Festival at Frederick Shopping Center, just off Jefferson Street, and fled on foot with troopers in pursuit, he said.

After Coleman ignored repeated requests to stop, Frederick County Sheriff Deputy Stephanie Patterson subdued him with a Taser, Keller said.

Coleman was treated at the scene before being taken into custody and transported to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center to await charges, he said.

A state police avaition unit clocked the Jeep traveling at speeds as fast as of 70 to 75 mph while police pursued it, he said.

The only damage to the Jeep was a damaged window, likely broken when it was stolen, he said.

No police officers were injured in the incident.

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