As of noon today, Friday, March 11, the suspect who led police on a chase and damaged two police cars remains on the loose.
According to Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller, the chase started on Route 222 shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday evening. Cpl. Robert Nitz attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle for "driving erratically and wanton disregard for driving". The vehicle, a silver Honda Accord sedan, then fled, leading Cpl. Nitz, Perryville officer Tony Lenzi and other police officers on a chase.
The chase continued on eastbound Route 40 to Coudon Boulevard, into the parking lot of Perryville Library, back to Route 40, then northbound on Belvidere Road. The suspect lost control of the Honda on Belvidere and then spun out and intentionally rammed the cruiser Nitz was driving. The suspect then struck the cruiser driven by Officer Lenzi. Both cruisers were incapacitated.
Officer Hickey from North East Police Department later located the Honda on South Main Street in North East. The Honda is now impounded and Detective Dale Hoffman is now working to locate the suspect. DFC Bryan Shockey is investigating the accidents. Both officers were checked by EMS personnel are and not injured.
"It was scary, yes. My first question was 'are the officers okay?'," said Chief Miller. "We're down two vehicles now but we have spare vehicles. I am relieved that our officers were able to go home to their families."