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UPDATE: Suspect arrested after reported chase into Wicomico County; two charged

SALISBURY, Md. - A man and woman were arrested after, police say they were involved in an incident in efforts to evade authorities, during a traffic stop, in Princess Anne. The incident reportedly prompted a chase from Somerset County into Wicomico County.

Maryland State Police say on Thursday, around 1:00 AM, troopers arrested 21-year-old Lamont Potter Jr, of Crisfield, at the Residence Inn by Marriott located in the 100 block of Centre Road, in Salisbury. Authorities say Potter was wanted and charged for, among other charges, ramming a police vehicle during a traffic stop, in Princess Anne. Troopers report that Potter resisted arrest and a struggle ensued before he was arrested, in Wicomico County. He was apparently taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure before being taken to the detention center.

According to the report, on Wednesday around 11:15 AM, Maryland State Apprehension Team and MSP Gang Enforcement Unit  attempted arrest Potter, who was wanted on an outstanding violation of probation warrant for possession with intent to distribute narcotics. During the attempted traffic stop, in the area of McCain Drive and College Backbone Road, investigators say Potter was initially a passenger in a 2017 Ram 2500 pickup truck driven by 24-year-old Lashae Caprice Smith, of Princess Anne. At that point, MSP says Smith tried to avoid police by driving around the vehicles and intentionally hit a police car. Smith then reportedly got out of the vehicle. It is unclear whether she was pushed or got out voluntarily. 

At that time, police say Potter moved into the driver's seat where he then deliberately rammed the truck into another police vehicle on the front driver's side, disabling the police car. He reportedly then accelerated through the police vehicle, pushing it forward, before striking a UMES road sign and driving through a ditch to escape law enforcement. A chase ensued as Potter allegedly fled northbound on Route 13 into Salisbury. Once in Wicomico County, about 15 minutes later, the suspect apparently abandoned the truck and fled on foot.

According to authorities, Smith is charged with first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and malicious destruction of property of more than $1,000. She is currently beng held at the Somerset County Detention Center. on $50,000 bail.

This is an ongoing investigation. MSP say no police personnel or civilians were injured during the incident.


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