BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Police identify the man behind a wild chase putting other drivers in danger. Now we’re learning he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel in the first place.
Weijia Jiang has more on the man’s disturbing record on the road.
Police say that aside from all the erratic, illegal driving, this man broke the law as soon as he got on the road because his license to drive was taken away years ago.
Police identified the man they say threatened several lives on Route 100 in Linthicum as Brian McNutt, 50, of Glen Burnie. They also say he wasn’t even allowed to be driving.
Maryland MVA records reveal McNutt’s license was revoked since at least 2008. He completed a driver improvement class in 2009, and just two days before the crash, applied for a new license.
McNutt has a long history of traffic-related charges, including for drunk driving.
“The forensic and toxicology results will come back hopefully the beginning of next week to give us more information about if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Elena Russo of the Maryland State Police said.
Police say he was driving a blue pickup truck registered to his roommate at speeds close to 100 miles per hour, crossing over three lanes of traffic to get away from police.
McNutt died when the truck crashed and wrapped around a tree.
“He was speeding out in front of 8 or 10 cars at one point in time, he could have hit thousands of people and killed them all,” said Heather Tuminello, who witnessed the incident.
Neighbors say they didn’t know McNutt, but they sure knew his truck.
“You noticed it because you have to come to a stop sign but he would fly right by you,” said George Sorto, McNutt’s neighbor, said.
The speed limit on McNutt’s street, Stiemly Avenue, is 25 miles per hour. Sorto says he worried the truck would hit kids walking home from nearby schools, including his own three. Others had the same fear.
“I would say on average about 45, 55 miles per hour I’d see this truck go by, and it was disturbing,” McNutt’s neighbor Gail Tiqui said.
The motive for this wild ride is still unclear. Many are just glad it’s over.
“Thank God nobody else was hurt,” Sorto said.
Even though McNutt had applied for a new license, a spokesperson for the MVA has said they had not decided whether or not to reinstate it.
Court records reveal McNutt also had a history of drug use.