Maryland State Police Beat / Will this bozo get the Lincoln Lawyer? Jonathan McFarland racked up 42 traffic charges in hell-ride that ended on Bay Bridge when he hit tractor-trailer

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

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Will this bozo get the Lincoln Lawyer?
Jonathan McFarland racked up 42 traffic charges in hell-ride that ended on Bay Bridge when he hit tractor-trailer

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 (ANNAPOLIS, MD) — Maryland State Police have charged the driver who refused to stop for police in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties and was taken into custody on March 30, 2016, after he struck a tractor trailer on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The driver is identified as Jonathan Todd McFarland, 24, of Laurel, Delaware.  He also has an address of 19615 Rhinestone Drive in Germantown, Md.  McFarland may have been watching too many Lincoln MKZ commercials and suffers under the delusion that the Lincoln Lawyer will be around to get him off from his slew of new traffic charges he acquired while piloting his Lincoln MKZ to its crushing end on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.   His driving record shows only one ticket for speeding prior to his flat-out doomsday run through two counties. He was cited by Maryland State Trooper S. M. Turpin on July 24, 2013, for speeding on Rt. 50 at the Kent Narrows Bridge and paid a fine of $90.

Police say he was charged on traffic citations with 42 traffic violations.  Charges include fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to stop at the scene of a property damage accident, exceeding the speed limit, driving off the roadway while passing a vehicle, and other related violations.

At about 8:40 p.m. on March 30, 2016, Maryland State Police at the Golden Ring Barrack were notified by Baltimore County Police to be on the lookout for a Lincoln MKZ with Delaware registration that had fled following an attempted traffic stop in the eastern part of the county.  Troopers spotted the vehicle on the outer loop of I-695 at Bel Air Road and attempted a traffic stop.  The vehicle did not stop and the driver was observed driving erratically.  State troopers ended their pursuit at Reisterstown Road, but continued to drive in the direction the suspect was heading.

Troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack observed the vehicle southbound on I-97 and attempted to stop it for erratic driving.  Again, the driver refused to stop for marked police cars with lights and sirens activated.

Troopers followed the vehicle onto the Bay Bridge where it collided with a tractor trailer and came to rest.  Troopers arrested the driver at that time.  Neither the suspect nor the tractor-trailer driver reported being injured in the crash.  The vehicle McFarland was driving is owned by his mother and was not reported stolen.  McFarland was not wanted.  A reason for his refusal to stop for police is unclear at this time.

After he was taken into custody, McFarland was transported to Baltimore Washington Hospital for an evaluation.  He remains in the hospital at this time.

At least one civilian vehicle was struck by the driver as he drove erratically around I-695.  The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

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