Silver Spring Man Charged Following Vehicle Chase

The pursuit started in Frederick County, and ended in Brunswick.



Frederick, Md (KM)  A suspect in a vehicle chase in Frederick County Monday afternoon is facing charges.  Thomas Alexander McDonald, 55,  of Silver Spring was apprehended following the pursuit which began in the city of Frederick and ended along Route 17 in Brunswick. .

State Police say Frederick Police began the chase at around 1:50 PM  following a theft at the Home Depot on along McCain Drive. Officers pursued the suspect’s vehicle, a black Subaru Forester, before being ordered to break it off.

After a lookout was broadcast, the Forester was spotted by a state trooper at Route 15 at the Jefferson Tech Park. The trooper maneuvered  use his cruiser to stop  the vehicle, but the driver rammed the police car, traveling over the hood.

The suspect continued along Routes 340, 180 and 17, crashing into a bridge abutment at Catoctin Creek, but still continued on.

Brunswick Police used stop sticks to flatten the Forester’s tires. The driver continued on  after running over the stop sticks, striking the rear of a tractor trailer before being apprehended.

McDonald is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Additional charges are pending.

The trooper whose cruiser was damaged while trying to stop the suspect’s vehicle refused medical treatment at the scene.

State Police say one of its cruiser received disabling damages after being struck by the Subaru Forester, and a second  cruiser sustained minor damage from debris that came off the suspect’s vehicle.


By Kevin McManus