- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Chesapeake Beach police chase early Friday morning ended with a car accident that sent a Silver Spring man to the hospital.
Lt. Steve Jones, commander of the Calvert Investigative Team, said Tuesday morning the condition of the driver, identified as Josue Togo, 45, of Silver Spring, had improved from critical to serious but stable.
According to a press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, at about 3:06 a.m. Friday, sheriff’s office Cpl. Wilson saw a stationary vehicle with no lights on in the travel portion of northbound Route 261.
When Wilson conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and ordered its operator to turn off the engine, the driver allegedly accelerated and fled, continuing northbound on Route 261.
Though Wilson pursued the vehicle, the press release said the operator continued to flee, passing marked sheriff’s office vehicles on a solid double yellow line and reaching speeds of about 80 mph.
The release said the operator was attempting to negotiate a curve in the roadway when the vehicle struck a curb and came to rest after a violent collision with an electrical pole.
Jones said the crash occurred at 3:08 a.m. between North Beach and Chesapeake Beach, where routes 260 and 261 intersect. The pursuit lasted for one minute, 24 seconds, and covered about 2 miles, the press release said.
The operator, later identified as Togo, was flown to Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center, where he originally was listed as being in critical condition Friday morning.
The vehicle was registered to a resident of Montgomery County, who told the sheriff’s office he had loaned the vehicle to an associate, according to the release.
Jones said Tuesday that Togo “doesn’t have a driver’s license at all.” He said deputies still do not know why Togo was sitting stationary in the road or why he fled, and it is still under investigation.
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.