Teen Faces 20 Traffic Offenses in Police Pursuit


CUMBERLAND, Md. - An 18-year-old is facing numerous charges after leading police on a chase through two counties early Wednesday morning, according to the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.

Around 2 a.m., Cumberland City Police attempted to pull over a car on Mechanic Street, but the driver refused to stop.

According to officials, the car traveled outside of city limits and Allegany County authorities had to take over.

Police say the chase continued into the Mount Savage area where the suspects car struck the deputy's vehicle while making a turn.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into the deputy's cruiser a second time before coming to rest in a ditch on Beartrack Farm Road.

The suspect, Michael Ray Reckart was taken into custody.

It was later learned the vehicle had been stolen from Mineral County, W.Va., and the suspect was driving with a revoked license.

Drugs and paraphernalia were also found in the car.

Reckart is charged with possession marijuana, two counts of possession of paraphernalia, second-degree assault, two counts of malicious destruction of property, and 20 traffic offenses including fleeing and eluding police. 

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