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Chase ends when man hits Conway police blockade


CONWAY — A local man is free on bail after leading police on a long chase Monday while calling a 911 operator and threatening to harm himself, police said.

Brion D. Howard, 58, was sought by police Tuesday morning because family members contacted police to tell them Howard was planning to harm himself, said Lt. George B. Walker.

 

Police tried to check on Howard, but didn’t find him until later in the day when a Carroll County deputy sheriff saw Howard’s vehicle in Eaton, police said. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but Howard would not stop and continued toward Conway on Route 153.

State police joined the search and chase, setting up a spike strip on Route 153 near the state Department of Transportation garage. That didn’t work.

 

“He passed over the strips and continued toward Conway Village,” Walker said.

Howard was finally stopped by Conway police, who blocked Route 153 with two police cruisers. He collided with the lead cruiser, causing extensive damage to both vehicles, Walker said.

 

He was arrested at the scene and charged by Conway police with reckless conduct and disobeying a police officer. The County Sheriff’s office charged him with disobeying and officer and for a yellow-line violation.

No one was hurt. Later police determined Howard was on his cell phone in the car, having called 911 “indicating that he wanted to harm himself,” Walker said.

In a press release, police said Howard was released on personal recognizance bail Wednesday.

dseufert@newstote.com

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