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Man steals SHA vehicle, hits 13 cars in wild Maryland police chase

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UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Flavio Cesar Lanuza, 27, of Laurel.

Original story below…

COLLEGE PARK, MD—A man is facing charges after he stole a MDOT State Highway Administration vehicle and led police on a pursuit that started in Montgomery County and continued through Prince George’s County.

The chase started after the man hit another vehicle on I-495 in the area of Greenbelt Metro Station at just before 5 p.m. on Friday. Maryland State Police said the man went into the park-and-ride lot in a Ford Ranger and hit a guard rail.

A MSHA CHART responded to the scene and tried to check on the man, but he got out of the car and stole the State Highway Administration vehicle. Troopers tried to stop the man on the outer loop of I-495, but he hit two vehicles and got away.

Troopers found the car in Calverton at about 5:50 p.m. The man had rammed it into a pole attached to a powerline and then rammed another Maryland State Police vehicle and several civilian vehicles before getting back on Priscilla Road in Montgomery County.

Maryland State Police and Montgomery County Police captured the suspect at about 6:30 p.m. after his vehicle became disabled in the 10700-block of Columbia Pike in Silver Spring.

Police said the man had hit 13 vehicles.  Two Montgomery County police officers, a Maryland State trooper, and a civilian were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is bring treated for injuries at Suburban Hospital.  Numerous charges are pending.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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