BERLIN, Md. - A multi-agency effort has put a 40-year-old Berlin man behind bars after allegedly leading a high speed chase. It all happened Friday, when a Berlin Police officer attempted to pull over Stefphon Bowen on Worcester highway. It was later determined that the vehicle Bowen was driving had been stolen from Barrett Chevrolet.
According to the police report, the suspect fled the traffic stop in the stolen vehicle, beginning the pursuit. They say that throughout the course of the chase, Bowen attempted to "ram a police vehicle." Authorities reportedly chased him into the area of Carey Road, where he ran off the road into a wooded area then continued to flee on foot. They say that it was then that officers used "non-lethal force" and eventually a taser to subdue Bowen.
He was apparently taken to Atlantic General Hospital for minor injuries. Bowen now faces the following charges: motor vehicle theft, first and second degree assault on police, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, fleeing and alluding, and resisting arrest and held a the Worcester County Jail on $25,000 bond.
As a result of this incident, two Berlin Police officers suffered minor injuries. They were also treated at Atlantic General Hospital then released. It is also noted that some time during this chain of events, two Berlin Police vehicles collided. Berlin Police were assisted by Maryland State Police, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and Maryland Natural Resources Police.