City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912
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February 11, 2014 (1:30 pm)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Alan M. Goldberg from the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Keith Wright, 50, of Rockville, Maryland, for stolen auto; voluminous traffic offenses and other offenses.
On February 10, 2014, at approximately 11:43 am, Takoma Park Police were patrolling the area of the 8500 block of Flower Avenue when the department's tag reader identified a gray Nissan vehicle occupied by one male, wearing a black jacket and black winter hat, as a stolen vehicle. A check of the vehicle tag revealed the vehicle had been stolen out of Prince George's County, Maryland. The vehicle was traveling southbound in the 8500 block of Flower Avenue. An attempt to stop the vehicle was met with the driver accelerating at a high rate of speed driving throughout the City. At one point, the officer lost sight of the vehicle and deactivated his emergency equipment and started to canvass the area. Wright was located traveling northbound on Garland Avenue towards Domer Avenue. Once on Domer Avenue, Wright headed towards Piney Branch Road where he turned right at a high rate of speed. Wright continued on to Barron Street and then on to Bayfield Street where he lost control of the vehicle and struck a fire hydrant, which knocked the hydrant off its base and rendered the vehicle disabled. The vehicle came to a rest after driving over a large tree stump.
Wright exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. A lookout was broadcast. Members of the Special Assignment Team were in the area and made contact with Wright. Wright was apprehended and taken into custody. Wright was transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit and charged accordingly.
The fire department was dispatched for the fire hydrant.
*A photograph of Wright is not available at this time*
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