UPDATE (10/01/2021 11:57 a.m.) — The Berkeley County Sheriffs Office’s is identifying Tyrone Bryan as the driver involved in the police pursuit on I-81 which turned into a crash on Thursday.
Berkeley County 911 Center issued a “be on the lookout bulletin” for a stolen car, authority of the Martinsburg Police Department within West Virginia on Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after, around 2:38 p.m., a deputy overheard radio traffic that another deputy had located the stolen white 2001 Chevrolet Camaro, which was traveling west on Edwin Miller Blvd. When a deputy attempted to stop the car, it fled entering Interstate 81 northbound around the 16 mile marker.
Around 2:42 p.m., the police pursuit took place, chasing the car at about 120 mph. When attempting to exit at the 23 mile marker of the Interstate, the Chevvy lost control, spinning out, striking the Exit 23 road sign and spinning around to face northbound.
Here’s more information from the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office on what took place after:
The vehicle continued through the grass from the right shoulder of the interstate to the exit ramp at the 23 mile marker. The vehicle turned southbound onto Williamsport Pike and continued to travel at a high rate of speed while passing southbound vehicles in the northbound lane. Upon approaching Cordoba Court, Deputy Chronister attempted to use spike strips to disable the fleeing vehicle. The above vehicle swerved to the right of the spike strips and lost control by over correcting causing the vehicle to cross over from the southbound lane across the middle turn lane and northbound lane and spin out into a grass embankment completing two (2) revolutions. The above vehicle reversed from the northbound lane, across the turn lane, into the southbound lane before continuing southbound. Deputy Walker clearly observed the suspect driver operating the vehicle before it wildly accelerated nearly striking a commercial motor vehicle traveling northbound. The vehicle continued southbound through the intersection of Williamsport Pike and Hammonds Mill Road which had a red light southbound. The vehicle turned right into the parking lot of Walmart, off Hammonds Mill Road, before ultimately turning west onto Hammonds Mill Road and then northbound on Interstate 81. The vehicle continued northbound on Interstate 81 passing vehicles at a high rate of speed, almost exclusively on the left shoulder for a time, into the State of Maryland. Maryland State Troopers were staged at the entrance to Interstate 81 at the 1 mile marker as Deputy Walker pursued the vehicle northbound. At approximately the 2.5 mile marker, prior to the Interstate 81 and 70 interchange, the above vehicle became boxed in by two (2) CMV’s. The vehicle attempted to pass the CMV traveling northbound in the left lane on the left shoulder at which time it lost control by yawing side to side and striking the guard rail on the west side of the roadway before traveling sideways in front of the CMV and striking the guard rail on the east side of the roadway. The trailer of the above CMV struck the rear of the above vehicle as it passed causing the vehicle to break apart and spin approximately 1.5 times before coming to rest facing southbound on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes. Deputy Walker and K9 Max exited the cruiser to assist Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies and Maryland State Troopers in the apprehension of the driver.Berkeley County Sheriffs Office
WILLAMSPORT, Md. (WDVM) — West Virginia State Police were involved in a police chase in West Virginia on I-81 Northbound that moved into Maryland I-81 Northbound near mile marker 4.
As the chase went on, a crash occurred when the suspect ran into an 18-wheeler. He was arrested at the scene of the crash and then sent to Meritus for treatment of minor injuries.
Maryland State Police responded to the scene but didn’t get involved. There is no further information at this time regarding the cause of the case or where it started in West Virginia.