The police blotter for the FrederickNewsPost.com reports that Maryland State Police arrested a motorcyclist after an hour-long chase on US 15 near Thurmont. According to the blotter, 25-year-old Benjamin Kieffer was speeding in the northbound lanes of US 15 south of Thurmont, when he was noticed by members of the Maryland State Police.
One reason that law enforcement officials frown on those who flee from arrest is because of the additional dangers that a desperate individual represents. While the motorcyclist in this case was engaged in fleeing from police officers, he put all of the other people traveling on that portion of US 15 in unnecessary danger. Had there been an auto accident in Maryland, those injured or killed in the crash would have suffered because of the selfish flight of the motorcycle operator.
In this case, Kieffer was trying to avoid getting a speeding ticket and put others at risk for suffering personal injury. To that end, he swerved in and out of interstate highway traffic using the shoulders on either side of the highway to pass traffic. In the final moments of the chase, he ran a red light at an exit ramp near Frederick and lost control of the bike in the turn.
Any one of these negligent actions could have resulted in an auto accident that could have killed or injured another driver or passenger. If you have any questions about how negligent driving puts other drivers at risk on Maryland’s highways, please contact Meng & Alpert, LLC at 866-444-6363. With over three decades of experience as skilled Maryland auto accident attorneys, the lawyers at Meng & Alpert, LLC, understand how liability and fault affect the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit.