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Man in Custody After Two-County Beltway Police Chase, Trooper Injury

Police say a suspect eluded two troopers, hit one with his car.

A Washington, DC, man faces charges of attempted murder and assault in a police chase across Prince George's and Montgomery counties that ended in the injury of the man and a state trooper, police said.

The suspect was identified as James C. Gregory, 23. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, state police said.

He will be charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft of a motor vehicle, theft over $1,000, resisting arrest, false statement to police and numerous traffic charges, according to a state police press release.

Police say they responded Friday to a report of a stolen 2007 gray Honda traveling southbound on Interstate 95 and Interstate 495 in Prince George’s County.

A trooper followed the vehicle into the Greenbelt Metro Station where the driver parked in an open space, according to police. The trooper approached the stopped vehicle on foot and ordered the suspect to turn off the vehicle, a police statement said.

The suspect attempted to elude the trooper by exiting the metro parking area onto northbound Interstate 495, and another trooper joined the pursuit, police said.

The suspect accelerated, weaving through traffic and exiting onto Baltimore Avenue heading north, according to police.

Trooper First Class Manuel Moreno attempted to place stop sticks (tire deflating devices) in the roadway to disable the stolen Honda, but the suspect avoided the trap and struck Moreno with the car, police said. Moreno was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said that the pursuit went through the Ikea parking lot, back onto Baltimore Avenue and I-495 into Montgomery County. After exiting onto northbound New Hampshire Avenue, the suspect parked the vehicle in the 10800 block of Blossom Lane and was taken into custody when he was seen walking away, police said.

morgan gale November 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Good job. These troopers put their lives on the line everyday.
Richard Rice November 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Morgan, I totally agree; they are daily putting their lives on the line for us, they are probably underpaid and underappreciated. God bless them for all the work they do!
James Fox November 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM
we are lucky that no life was lost.... time to rethink the crime its self, or next time it will read family of four killed by..... is it just me or is it, until it happens to me!!!!! time for a change!!!
Buzz Beeler November 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The trooper did great job, it's the of the system that is skewed.
Shaka Zulu November 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Heres' to all of the police in the country that work their butts off for all of us. Thank you all from the bottom of are hearts. Keep safe out there.

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