Troopers from the Maryland State Police JFK Barrack joined other regional law enforcement agencies in a high-speed pursuit which swept through Interstate 95 in Harford County Wednesday afternoon.
The pursuit was initiated at 4:48 p.m. by Maryland Transportation Authority police after a license plate reader near the northbound Fort McHenry Tunnel flagged a 2008 Ford Focus driven by a man Delaware State Police identified as Louis J. Palumbo, 53, of Mercer, Pa. Palumbo was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Pennsylvania for probation violation, according to MTA Police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Green.
Green said MTA police attempted to stop the vehicle near mile marker 60 without success. Maryland State Police joined the pursuit as it entered Baltimore County, taking it over from MTA police at the Perryville toll plaza.
The suspect’s vehicle eventually entered Delaware, where the pursuit was taken over by Delaware State Police with air support provided by Maryland State Police, according to Lt. Daniel Fairburn, commander of the State Police JFK Barrack.
Delaware State Police said the pursuit ended when Palumbo crashed into an abandoned vehicle on I-495 northbound near Philadelphia Pike, several miles from the Pennsylvania state line. The crash caused lane closures on that highway for approximately 45 minutes.
Palumbo sustained a minor injury, police said, and was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to Christiana Hospital where he remained Thursday afternoon for observation.
When released, Delaware State Police said he would be charged with disregarding a police officer’s signal, and related traffic charges.
Fairburn said the pursuit lasted for approximately 50 miles through the JFK Barrack’s jurisdiction, and reached speeds between 100 and 130 mph.