SEAT BELT VIOLATION LEADS OCPD TO RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE AND WANTED FUGITIVE

On July 28, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., Ocean City Police Officers attempted to pull over a 2007 four-door Dodge Magnum with Texas registration in the 10 block area of 3rd Street near the boardwalk.

The vehicle fled police by going up the boardwalk and heading north. Numerous citizens who were on the boardwalk had to get out of the path of vehicle to avoid being struck.  Officers not wanting to pursue the vehicle on the boardwalk, maintained a line-of-sight on the vehicle as it travelled north on the boardwalk.  Police travelled up the boardwalk in a marked police vehicle several blocks behind the fleeing car.  The suspect vehicle turned off the boardwalk at Surf Avenue, slowed down and three occupants of the vehicle bailed out of the car between the boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue. The police were able to detain the three passengers who bailed out of the fleeing vehicle.

Officers continued to follow the vehicle off the boardwalk, however, lost sight of it as it fled north on Baltimore Ave.   A description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast over the police radio, at which time another marked OCPD patrol unit spotted the vehicle on Baltimore Ave., in the area of 16th Street.   The marked patrol unit attempted to stop the vehicle and pulled behind the car. The suspect vehicle again attempted to flee from police and went up on the boardwalk for the second time at 16th Street, and got off the boardwalk at 17th Street.

Once back on Baltimore Ave., the vehicle attempted to turn north and lost control of the car and crashed into the medium strip at 17th Street.   At this point the vehicle continued north in the southbound lane of Baltimore Ave. now being pursued by the OCPD vehicle patrol and turned west at 19th Street where he went across Coastal Highway to Dolphin Street and then north on Marlin Drive.  At the end of Marlin Drive the vehicle crashed through a fence and continued driving through a citizen’s backyard, at which point the driver ran out of the yard and stopped short of driving into the canal.  The suspect driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee police by jumping into the bay.  The suspect then swam toward 21st Street and Herring Way.  The suspect climbed out of the water onto the dock and was taken into custody by waiting OCPD officers.

The subsequent investigation by OCPD determined the vehicle had been reported stolen during a burglary that occurred in York, PA.  The driver, identified as Jimmy Carl Anderson, 22, of New Park, PA, was a wanted fugitive from Pennsylvania.  Police also recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana and prescription drugs from Anderson.  Police also located additional CDS inside the stolen vehicle.

One of the three passengers who bailed out of the car on Surf Avenue identified as Aaron Lloyd Canterbury, 30, of York, was found to be in possession of marijuana, Ecstasy and CDS paraphernalia. He was also arrested and charged accordingly.

Anderson was charged with: Theft of motor vehicle, theft over $10,000, 2-counts of malicious destruction of property over $500, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, 2nd degree escape, possession of schedule I, controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of schedule II, CDS, possession of schedule IV, CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, and he also received 30 assorted traffic violations.

Canterbury was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on his own recognizance.  Anderson was also seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held without bond.