ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A man is in police custody after carjacking a young mother and child in Baltimore, then leading police on a wild chase on the Capital Beltway late Wednesday night.
"I asked him to pull over a thousand times," said the mother, who asked that her name not be published. She escaped by jumping from the moving Lexus 300 near the Cabin John Parkway as the car slowed. She leapt and rolled onto the Beltway with her 20-month old son in her arms. The mother suffered no more than bumps and bruises and the baby was unhurt.
"When I saw the Northern Virginia sign, 495 West, I'm like 'oh my gosh he's going to take me to Virginia and rape me and kill me with my son watching,'" the shaken woman said.
Officials say the drama started when Baltimore Police responded to a report of a carjacking in the 2800 block of Edmonsdon Avenue shortly after 10:00 Wednesday night. Witnesses at the scene told police they saw a man force his way into a vehicle at a gas station before driving away with a woman and a small baby still inside. Police say the suspect, identified as Terron Alvin White, age 22 of Baltimore, struck at least one vehicle as he sped away from the scene.
Approximately twenty minutes later, a Maryland State Trooper from the College Park Barracks was sideswiped by the speeding Lexus while he was working a double lane closure on southbound I-95 at Route 212. Officials say the trooper immediately turned on his emergency lights and siren and headed southbound on I-95 chasing after the reckless driver. According to police, White continued driving at speeds over 100 mph onto the outerloop of I-495 heading towards Rockville. That's when the trooper radioed a description of the vehicle to Rockville Barrack.
Around 10:45 p.m., a trooper from the Rockville Barrack located White on the outerloop of I-495 near Connecticut Avenue. After activating his lights and sirens, he attempted to pull White over, who was now traveling at 45 mph. Police say the passenger door of the Lexus was hanging open, possibly a result the collision with the trooper on I-95.
According to Maryland State Police officials, White continued to drive erratically, changing lanes and increasing his speed to 60 mph, then slowing down to as little as 10 mph, refusing to stop for police. Police say the carjacked vehicle continued to swerve erratically across the four lanes of traffic. That's when the 22-year-old mother, while holding her 20-month-old infant, jumped out of the moving vehicle and rolled out into lane 3 of the highway, just past the Cabin John Parkway. Police say White finally pulled over onto the shoulder of I-495 less than one tenth of a mile past the area where the two victims jumped out of the vehicle. Officials say White was immediately taken into custody by troopers from the Rockville Barrack.
Emergency personnel from the Montgomery County Fire Department also responded to the scene. The mother suffered a cut to her head and the baby appeared unharmed. Both victims were transported by ambulance to Suburban Hospital where they were later released. The trooper from the College Park Barrack who was sideswiped by the Lexus was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
So far, Maryland State Police say White has been charged with multiple traffic violations including eluding police, hit and run, and negligent driving. Criminal charges are pending.
The investigation is ongoing.