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Police: Maryland man rammed cruiser during chase

Christopher Dornblaser
717-505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Police say a Maryland man led police on a chase across state lines
  • During the chase, he damaged a police cruiser, according to police

Police say a Maryland man led officers on a two-state chase during which he intentionally rammed a cruiser.

Ray Ashford Thompson III, of Manchester, Maryland, is charged with three counts of DUI, one count of aggravated assault on police, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, careless driving and driving on a suspended license, according to a release.

At around 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, Carroll County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an erratic driver in the Melrose area of Carroll County, police said. Deputies attempted to stop Thompson, who was driving a 2004 GMC pickup truck, but he fled from them for several miles, eventually entering Pennsylvania in Codorus Township, according to the release.

The cruiser's driver side sustained damaged to the tail light, body and mirror, and the passenger side body sustained damage from impact with a snow plow mount.

Police say Maryland officers discontinued the high-speed pursuit but continued to follow Thompson, who was speeding and weaving about the roadway, as well as illegally passing vehicles, forcing them off the roadway.

Pennsylvania officers then attempted to stop him on Route 216 in the Glenville area, but he again fled, intentionally ramming a West Manheim Township cruiser at Codorus State Park in the process, according to the release.

After he struck the vehicle, he continued on Route 216 for several miles before pulling into the parking lot of Clair's restaurant, according to police. Two West Manheim cruisers blocked him in to end the pursuit, but Thompson rammed the cruiser again, causing more damage, police said. He was then removed from the truck and arrested.

The cruiser's driver side sustained damaged to the tail light, body, and mirror, and the passenger side body sustained damage from impact with a snow plow mount.

The cruiser's driver side sustained damaged to the tail light, body and mirror, and the passenger side body sustained damage from impact with a snowplow mount, police said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.