- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A St. Mary’s judge ordered Monday that a Hollywood man remain in jail in lieu of $55,000 bond on charging papers alleging he led police on a chase at speeds exceeding 110 mph over the Gov. Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge last week, before a crash in Calvert County.
Steven Allen Brooks, 25, passed other vehicles also traveling on the two-lane span above the Patuxent River during Friday morning’s pursuit, which began at about 5 a.m. when the 2010 Toyota Corolla he was driving went around a police vehicle on Route 235 in California, according to charging papers filed by Maryland State Police.
In Calvert County, the Toyota turned off Route 4 in Lusby to travel down Rousby Hall Road, again at speeds topping 110 mph, charging papers allege, before its left front tire blew out against a curb. The car nevertheless went all the way back to Route 4, riding on a rim, before Brooks got out and was chased down in nearby woods, according to charging papers.
“Just take me to jail,” Brooks told police after he refused to take a field sobriety test, Trooper Michael Moore wrote in a statement of probable cause.
St. Mary’s District Judge Christy Chesser told Brooks on Monday that he “could have killed anybody else on the road that day.”
Brooks’ driver’s license previously had been suspended, court papers state, and the trooper’s check on the car’s ownership revealed it had been taken from Aime Lynn Beeson.
The judge ordered that Brooks, who police report also had a Glen Burnie address, remain in custody in lieu of an additional $25,000 bond for failing to appear in an Anne Arundel County courtroom on Wednesday of last week on a pair of theft charges.
Brooks had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath when Moore took him into custody after a brief struggle in the woods, the trooper wrote in charging papers.
Brooks was charged with unlawfully taking the car, drunk driving, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and other traffic violations including reckless driving, speeding, passing in a no-passing zone and attempting to elude police.