A Maryland man was arrested hours after his release from jail for allegedly stealing a 5-ton military vehicle and leading police on a chase.
The incident began Friday evening in Bel Air and ended in Baltimore, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
“The initial investigation indicates the suspect, identified as Michael D. Stevens II, 38, from Abingdon, had just been released from the Harford County Detention Center before stealing the vehicle,” police said in a statement.
“Stevens was returned to the Detention Center at 9:20 p.m., where he faces charges of motor vehicle theft and two counts of 1st degree assault, two counts of 2nd degree assault, and failing to obey a lawful order,” the statement added. “He is currently being held on no bond.”
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The sheriff’s office said its deputies first responded to a call around 6:35 p.m. “to a residence in the 900 block of Rock Spring Road, in Bel Air, for the report of a stolen a privately owned 1986 923-A 5-ton military vehicle.”
“Soon after, the vehicle was spotted entering the Town of Bel Air. The suspect continued, making his way down Rt. 24, before turning onto I-95,” the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.
“Multiple attempts to deploy stop sticks to disable the vehicle were attempted but failed. The truck continued into Baltimore City before coming to a stop on Conkling Street,” the Sheriff’s Office added. “The driver exited the vehicle and attempted to run from the scene. Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were able to safely apprehend the suspect.”
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Investigators say there were no injuries, but during the pursuit, “Stevens crashed into multiple civilian vehicles.”
They are now asking those with damaged vehicles to come forward to police and file a report.
“The safe resolution of this incident is contributed to the many law enforcement agencies working together including, Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Baltimore Police Department, and the Bel Air Police Department,” the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.
“Stevens was in the Harford County Detention Center on a circuit court bench warrant stemming from 2021 charges related to theft. He was brought into the Detention Center on May 10,” a Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman told Fox News Digital on Monday.
“During his bail review he was released on an unsecured $1,500 bond. He left the Detention Center and stole the vehicle within about 30 minutes,” she added.
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