Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A high-speed chase ends in a dramatic crash. A driver flees police, flying through the streets of Baltimore into Anne Arundel County, all during rush hour.
Meghan McCorkell was the only reporter on the scene when police captured that driver.
Baltimore City Police say they tried to pull over the SUV because the driver wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. The driver started to slow down, then took off.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene as a driver fleeing police goes head-on into another car on Telegraph Road.
And it didn’t stop there. That suspect then jumped out of the car and took off on foot.
Heavily-armed officers and K-9s rushed through the woods, backyards and parks.
Nearly an hour later, WJZ was the only camera on the scene as police find the suspect hiding inside a vacant home.
“Pretty crazy but justice prevails, I guess,” Ed Blackstock said.
Blackstock was behind the wheel of his Prius when the suspect’s Dodge Durango went head-on right into him. He spoke exclusively to WJZ.
“He swerved to try to avoid me. I swerved to try to avoid him. And I guess our cars hit,” he said.
The pursuit started in downtown Baltimore. Police say the driver sideswiped several cars and fled, busting a temporary water main.
When the SUV hit I-395, police followed by air as the driver erratically swerved along I-97 South, Route 100 and Telegraph Road before he crashed.
“From Baltimore City, that is a long ride. That is a long ride,” Britney Gresham of Severn said of the chase.
By the time the crash ended, the side of the Durango was crushed in and pieces of the car were all over the ground.
Neighbors are still in shock.
“It’s crazy. In Severn, you don’t see this that much,” Bernie Foster of Severn said.
They’re just relieved the suspect was stopped.
WJZ has learned the driver of that SUV is Darryl Watson, Jr, 26. There is a warrant out for his arrest on a probation violation.
The suspect could now face charges in both Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. He’ll have a bail hearing late Friday morning.