A Maryland state trooper was forced to use his patrol car to end a multi-jurisdictional pursuit and capture a fugitive who tried to run down deputies in Maryland. A February 8th pursuit that began at approximately 2:47 pm, on Route 40 in Harford Co., MD, ended at approximately 3:05 pm on I-95 when law enforcement officers from the Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the United States’ Marshals apprehended Brandon L. Pegram, 23, of Stoney Creek, VA.
Pegram was wanted on federal charges that included robbery, felony assault and kidnapping.
Pegram reportedly held his family hostage yesterday and had allegedly threatened to harm any law enforcement officers who attempted to apprehend him.
US Marshals issued a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) in the Harford Co. area for a stolen light green Taurus bearing a Virginia license plate occupied by a black male who was considered to be armed and dangerous.
Harford Co. Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies spotted the vehicle at approximately 2:47pm on Route 40 in the Edgewood. Md. area.
When they attempted to initiate a stop, the vehicle fled down Route 40 towards Baltimore County, crossing back over to I-95. Law enforcement agencies involved in the pursuit included the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore County Police Department, both patrol and air units, the US Marshal’s Service, and state troopers from the Bel Air and JFK Memorial Highway barracks.
Just before the entrance to I-95, the suspect attempted to ram citizen vehicles. Two sheriff’s deputies were on foot after deploying stop sticks. Pegram nearly struck the first deputy, then lost control and traveled across I-95, nearly striking the second deputy. The suspect then appeared to deliberately drive his car directly at the second deputy, who was able to dive out of the way before being hit.
Upon observing these deliberate assaults on citizens and the deputies, a State Police sergeant used his patrol car to impact the suspect’s vehicle, using a “pit maneuver” to force the suspect’s vehicle to the side of the interstate and up against the guardrail. The sergeant then impacted the driver’s side door of the stolen vehicle to prevent the fugitive from escaping on foot.
When police officers approached Pegram, he resisted arrest but was successfully taken into custody. He was transported to a local area hospital due to minor injuries sustained from a car accident associated with the pursuit. There were no citizens or law enforcement officers injured during the pursuit.
No one else was in the vehicle with him at the time of the arrest.
As of 12:00pm on February 8, 2011, Pegram was in State Police custody pending completion of his treatment at a local hospital. Pegram will be transferred to the Harford County Detention Center. Maryland State Police will be charging Pegram with first and second-degree assault, vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property, and numerous traffic violations.
(Sources: HCSO / Md. State Police)