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Maryland attorney general’s office investigating fatal crash after police chase

BALTIMORE — A unit in the Maryland attorney general’s office is investigating a single-vehicle crash after a police pursuit early Saturday in Baltimore County.

It’s the first time the Independent Investigations Division in the attorney general’s office is investigating a death involving police under a new law that took effect this month as part of a package of police reform legislation in the state.

Under the new law, the unit investigates all deaths of civilians involving police in the state. The unit will also investigate a Monday incident when an armed robbery suspect was found dead and an officer was injured, according to Baltimore County police.

The attorney general’s office says in a news release that a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer in Baltimore observed a car commit a traffic violation.

The officer followed the vehicle onto Interstate 95 and observed it driven above the speed limit and weaving in and out of lanes. The officer attempted a traffic stop, and as the officer approached the vehicle, it sped away.

The vehicle exited Interstate 695 at Wilkens Avenue at high speed, police said. The driver lost control of the vehicle, hit the median and was ejected.

The news release said the officer rendered first aid until emergency medical services arrived. The driver, identified as a 26-year-old Black man, was pronounced dead at the scene.