PG POLICE BEAT / Dangerous D.C. ex-con Coree Parks driving stolen vehicle meets his maker when he got a pole in one

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PG POLICE BEAT / Dangerous D.C. ex-con Coree Parks driving stolen vehicle meets his maker when he got a pole in one

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD. — Just in is this crime story where everything worked out okay for the public and not so much for the dangerous criminal.

The PG County Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash in Capitol Heights last night around 9:15 pm. The decedent is 26-year-old Coree Dontae Parks of 801 P Street in Northwest Washington.

Parks drove over a median strip at the intersection of Silver Hill Road and Marlboro Pike. He then struck a responding marked police car, disabling that cruiser. Parks continued to flee after striking the cruiser. Parks appears to have lost control of the minivan and struck a telephone pole

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The preliminary investigation reveals Parks was driving a stolen minivan. Officers were in the area actively looking for the minivan with the intention of making an investigatory stop. Preliminarily, it appears Parks began to flee when he observed marked police cruisers in the area. Parks drove over a median strip at the intersection of Silver Hill Road and Marlboro Pike. He then struck a responding marked police car, disabling that cruiser. Parks continued to flee after striking the cruiser. Parks appears to have lost control of the minivan and struck a telephone pole at the intersection of Walker Mill Road and Addison Road, causing his fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Also, as part of the preliminary investigation, investigators reviewed dash camera video and police radio communications and determined that, at no point, was there ever a pursuit.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Parks was convicted in Washington County Circuit Court of possession of contraband in a Maryland prison.

Parks was a guest in the Hagerstown prison due to his guilty plea to attempted armed robbery in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Feb. 22, 2012, and violation of his probation on a previous criminal conviction. As part of the plea bargain for the charges which dated to May 19, 2008, twenty-one criminal counts were dropped, including robbery, reckless endangerment, armed robbery, assault, and injury with a deadly weapon.

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