Seven people arrested in stolen van after pursuit

FINKSBURG - Maryland State Police arrested seven people late Saturday afternoon after a van was stolen in Carroll County.

The driver of that van led police on a pursuit that ended near Finksburg.

Just before 4:30 p.m., a trooper assigned to the Westminster barrack was monitoring traffic on Rt. 140 at Market Street. The trooper saw a silver 2012 Toyota Sienna van traveling 25 mph over the speed limit. He tried to stop the van, but the driver ignored the lights and sirens and kept going, passing traffic on the shoulder.

The trooper got a registration number for the van and checked it. The van had been reported stolen in Baltimore County.

During the pursuit, a Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy deployed stop sticks. The van ran over them along Rt. 140 near Kays Mill Road. The two front tires on the van deflated, but the driver kept going through a shopping center parking lot and then headed south on Route 91.

It eventually stopped on Rt. 91 south of Old Gamber Road. Six people inside jumped out of the van and began to run. Troopers and deputies caught up with them and arrested all seven at or near the scene.

The seven are in custody and being interviewed at the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack. Troopers will determine which of those in custody will be charged and what those charges will be Saturday night.

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