High-Speed Police Chase, Crash Caught on Camera

By Chris Gordon
|  Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010  |  Updated 9:01 PM EDT
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Montgomery County police release video of a chase and crash that started in the Bethesda district along Grubb Road and ended up near the Talbot Road Bridge.

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Dramatic End to Montgomery County Police Chase

A dramatic high-speed chase in Montgomery County ends when carjacking suspects back up over the hood of a police cruiser.
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Montgomery County police Officer Seth Carson is lucky to be alive after a car chase ended with the suspect SUV driving backward on to his cruiser last month.

The chase began after a report of two teenagers attempting an armed robbery at the Summit Hills Apartments on East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Md., at about 10 p.m. on July 22. Carson ran the fleeing vehicle's tags and discovered it was stolen in an armed carjacking earlier that day in Prince George's County.

The fleeing vehicle hit speeds in excess of 60 mph in a 25 mph zone through narrow neighborhood streets.

Carson was leading three other officers, when the fleeing SUV began to back up toward him after being blocked by a car on the one-lane Talbot Avenue Bridge. The SUV collided with Carson's cruiser, but he survived, and three teenagers were arrested.

The driver, 17-year-old Desean Kavahaugh, of northwest Washington, is being charged as an adult with armed robbery, stealing a vehicle and assaulting a police officer.

Montgomery County has strict guidelines about high-speed police chases. Officers are allowed only to pursue fleeing suspects in dangerous crimes. This chase ended well, authorities said.

It was one of two high-speed chases Carson was involved in within a month.


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