Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vehicle Pursuit Update

On November 23, 2015, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Office Corporal Jamie Davis responded to a reported traffic complaint in the area of Point Lookout Road in Loveville, St. Mary’s County. Several citizens observed a vehicle operating in a reckless manner and on the wrong side of the roadway. Corporal Davis located the vehicle in the area of Rt. 242 at Rt. 234 and initiated a vehicle stop. During the vehicle stop, the driver of the vehicle attempted to elude officers by fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed. After traveling on Rt. 242, toward the seventh district, the driver made in abrupt U-turn and headed back toward Leonardtown. Deputies deployed stop sticks in an attempt to disable the vehicle which was successful at slowing the speeds. As the pursuit continued onto Washington Street in Leonardtown, the driver struck a police vehicle being operated by Corporal J. Vezzosi. The suspect continued on Washington Street, striking another vehicle operated by a citizen at which time deputies used their vehicles to prevent the driver from fleeing further allowing them to take the suspect into custody. The suspect was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The citizen, whose vehicle was struck by the suspect, was not injured in the low-speed collision. Corporal Vezzosi was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. The suspect, James Robert Gillespie, age 63, of Leonardtown, was released from the hospital and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Resisting Arrest, Driving Under the Influence, Driving without a License, Fleeing and Eluding, and multiple traffic offenses.


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