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Motorist Killed in Highway Chase

November 29, 2000

BALTIMORE (AP) _ A motorist led police on an eight-mile chase through rush-hour traffic Tuesday afternoon, ending at a tunnel entrance where he was fatally shot after allegedly driving toward the officers.

Four lanes of northbound traffic were blocked north of the tunnel, and traffic was backed up for at least 3 1/2 miles during the evening rush hour.

Maryland Transportation Authority officers tried to stop a man on Interstate 195 near Baltimore-Washington International Airport south of the city after he was clocked speeding 51 mph in a 21 mph zone, but the suspect drove off, police spokesman Gregory Prioleau said.

The chase continued up Interstate 95 and through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. As the car emerged from the tunnel, it accelerated in the direction of officers on foot who were signaling the driver to stop, and multiple shots were fired, Prioleau said.

The car continued through the toll booth and ran over road spikes used to puncture the tires, then came to a halt after colliding with two vehicles.

The suspect, who was not identified, died at the hospital. No injuries were reported.

Television footage showed that the suspect’s silver four-door Mazda had a bullet hole through the windshield.

I-95 is the East Coast’s primary north-south corridor, carrying tens of thousands of cars between Washington and New York daily.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation.

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