From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
[September 4, 2014, Bel Air, MD] Updated details are being provided by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, pertaining to the pursuit on August 20, 2104.
The deceased, Arvel Douglas Williams, 30, of the 800 block of Mangold St., 21230, was the subject of a police pursuit initiated at approximately 8:02 pm in the area of Rt. 7 and Rt. 152, in Harford County. Deputies in the area observed suspected drug activity that involved the suspect and the vehicle. When deputies attempted to stop Williams, he refused to stop his vehicle and lead multiple deputies on a pursuit down Rt 7, into Baltimore County, and onto Cowenten Avenue.
After the suspect crashed his Ford Ranger pick-up truck into an assisting Baltimore County Police Department patrol vehicle he tried to put the truck in reverse several times, in an apparent attempt to continue to elude deputies. When he exited the vehicle, deputies on scene report, he was shuffling around, darting back and forth, looking for a direction to run. He was asked several times to get on the ground, but refused. The totality of the incident, and his body language at the scene indicated his intent to flee. Dep. Anthony Dix, a two year veteran and Sr. DFC Keith Jackson , a fourteen year veteran of the HCSO, both assigned to the Police Services Bureau, were forced to deploy their TASERS in an effort to safely place Williams under arrest.
At the time of the incident, Williams had a white powdery substance on his person and the inside of his vehicle. He indicated to responding deputies that he had just ingested a large amount of CDS. The substance was field tested and reacted positively for cocaine.
At this time, based on initial information received from Baltimore County Detectives, there is no indication that the deputies’ actions contributed to Mr. Williams’ death. Deputies involved in the incident have returned to work.