A Maryland man recently released from jail allegedly steals a 5-ton military vehicle, leading police on a highway chase


A Maryland man just released from jail allegedly stole a 5-ton military vehicle and led police on a highway chase Friday, according to a news release from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 6:35 p.m., sheriff’s office deputies responded to a home in the City of Bel Air for a report of a stolen 1986 5-ton 923-A military vehicle. The vehicle was privately owned.

The suspect, whom authorities identified as 38-year-old Michael D. Stevens II of Abingdon, drove through Bel Air and onto Interstate 95. Deputies chased him down the interstate, attempting to use stop sticks to disable the vehicle. unsuccessfully.

The suspect drove to Baltimore City, where he stopped on Conkling Street, got out of the vehicle, and attempted to flee the scene. Deputies were then able to safely detain the suspect, according to the news release.

No one was injured, but the suspect collided with several vehicles during the pursuit, the sheriff’s office said.

Stevens was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault and failure to obey a lawful order. He was taken back to the Harford County Detention Center late Friday, where he had just been released from before the car was stolen, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office did not clarify when exactly Stevens had been released from jail before Friday’s incident.

Stevens appeared in court on Friday and was ordered held without bail, according to online records. He will have a bail review in front of a judge early next week, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office told NBC News.

Stevens’ attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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