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Police: Man Suffers Self-Inflicted Neck Injury Following Police Pursuit

A 32-year-old Westminster man is in critical condition at Shock Trauma following a police chase, authorities said.

A Westminster man is in critical condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore with self-inflicted injuries after trying to flee from police on Rt. 140 in Westminster Monday night.

Just before 11 p.m. Monday, State Police Troopers were alerted that a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was being pursued by the Westminster City Police on Rt. 140. Troopers took over the pursuit in the area of Rt. 140 and Sandymount Road, according to police reports. The pursuit continued on Old Westminster Pike, Malcolm Drive and returned to Rt. 140, where the pickup truck stopped in front of Ben's Rental, police said.

Police said they found the driver of the pickup truck, 32-year-old John Leonard Duerr III, of Westminster, with a neck injury when they approached the vehicle. Police began providing medical attention and requested medical support. Duerr was flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. 

Police said the injuries to Duerr's neck appear to be self inflicted. 

Both directions of Rt. 140 were closed between Market Street and Malcolm Drive for approximately two hours for the investigation. 

As of Jan. 7, Duerr was in critical condition at Shock Trauma. 


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