No Backing Out

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 8:26am

Driver backs over police car after being cornered in chase.

Police Officer Seth Carson is lucky to be alive after a wild car chase that ended when the suspect drove his SUV backward on to Carson's cruiser.

It all happened on the night of July 22.

The chase began after a report of two teenagers attempting an armed robbery in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Carson ran the fleeing vehicle's tags and discovered it was stolen in an armed carjacking earlier that day in Prince George's County.

The fleeing vehicle hit speeds in excess of 60 mph in a 25 mph zone through narrow neighborhood streets.

Carson was leading three other officers, when the fleeing SUV began to back up toward him after being blocked by a car on a one-lane bridge.

The SUV collided with Carson's cruiser, but he survived, and three teenagers were arrested.

The driver, 17-year-old Desean Kavahaugh, of northwest Washington, is being charged as an adult with armed robbery, stealing a vehicle and assaulting a police officer.

Montgomery County has strict guidelines about high-speed police chases.

Officers are allowed only to pursue fleeing suspects in dangerous crimes.

This chase ended well, authorities said.

It was one of two high-speed chases Carson was involved in within a month.

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