Maryland State Police have arrested a Montgomery County man after he led police on a wild chase, which included ramming a State Police vehicle and crashing into a bridge abutment in Frederick County on Monday afternoon.
Arrested was Thomas Alexander McDonald, Jr., 55, who was listed as living in Silver Spring, but gave a Germantown address in court was charged with first-degree and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Numerous other traffic charges are pending, said police.
According to Maryland State Police at approximately 1:50 pm on Monday, Feb. 25 the Frederick Police Department was in pursuit of McDonald’s black Subaru Forester for a felonious theft at the Home Depot store located on US-40 in Frederick. Frederick Police followed McDonald onto southbound US-15 at Jefferson Technology Parkway but lost contact with the Subaru after it got onto the highway. At this point, Frederick Police ended their pursuit and put out a Be-On-The-Look-Out to police in all jurisdictions.
A Maryland State Trooper spotted the vehicle and maneuvered his cruiser in front of the McDonald’s Subaru. According to police, “The suspect backed his vehicle and then proceeded forward, intentionally ramming the trooper’s vehicle, driving over the hood, and continuing to flee.” The trooper then initiated a further pursuit along with additional troopers, Frederick Police officers, and Frederick County deputies.
Police say that McDonald, whose address was listed in court papers as the 13300 block of Country Ridge Drive in Germantown, fled onto US-340, Rt. 180/Jefferson Pike and Rt. 17, crashing into a bridge abutment at Catoctin Creek but continued with severe damage. By this point officers from the Brunswick Police Department joined the pursuit and deployed stop sticks. The suspect ran over the stop sticks but continued on flat tires and then struck the rear of a semi-tractor and trailer on US-17/Burkittsville Road before coming to a stop and being apprehended at least 15 miles from where the pursuit first started at the Home Depot.
The trooper who was struck refused transport; no one else was injured, said police. One Maryland State Police vehicle received disabling damage from being struck by the suspect vehicle and a second sustained minor damage from debris that came off of the suspect’s vehicle.
McDonald was held without bond are an initial appearance in Frederick County District Court.