Crime, Emergency Response

Nottingham man arrested after ramming airport bus, leading police on pursuit

Police Chase. PursuitjpgMaryland State Police have arrested a man who allegedly rammed an airport shuttle bus with his vehicle and led troopers on a pursuit early on Friday morning in Anne Arundel County.

At just after 2:45 a.m., troopers responded to a call from a passenger that a shuttle bus was being rammed by a van driven by a man who was also suspected of waving a hand gun at the vehicle in the area I-295 at West Nursery Road. Authorities located the vehicle in the area of southbound I-295 at eastbound I-195 near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The police report indicates that the shuttle van stopped at the airport and that the suspect’s van then hit the shuttle.  The suspect then proceeded onto onto southbound I-97 reaching speeds of 115-120 mph.

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A trooper near I-97 at Farm Road successfully deployed stop sticks, puncturing the van’s right front tire. The van continued along I-97, still proceeding at speeds of about 60 mph. The van continued to eastbound Route 50 before exiting onto Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.

The pursuit continued throughout the city of Annapolis, stopping at a dead end road on the grounds of the Naval Academy.

Pete Sommerfeldt, 48, of Nottingham, was taken into custody without incident.

Sommerfeldt was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he is undergoing an examination. Multiple traffic and criminal charges are pending following his release from the hospital. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.

The incident remains under investigation.

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