UPDATE BALTIMORE, MD (January 23, 2022) – The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General has identified the deceased occupant and involved officer in the fatal single-vehicle crash which followed a police pursuit that occurred on January 20th in Charles County.

The deceased occupant of the car has been identified as a 52-year-old Inga Person of Washington, DC.

The involved officer is an employee of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and has been identified as POII Chad Irwin, a 2.5-year veteran assigned to the Patrol Division.

The Independent Investigations Division with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Crash Team continues to investigate the circumstances of the fatal pursuit

UPDATE 1/22/2022: On January 20, shortly after 8 p.m., a Charles County Sheriff’s officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry in the area of St. Charles Parkway near St. Ignatius Drive. The driver pulled into a nearby parking lot but failed to stop. 

The driver accelerated through the parking lot of a business and at one point abruptly stopped and then quickly put his car in reverse, accelerating backward toward the officer’s car. The driver then went forward and began driving on St. Charles Parkway at a very high rate of speed. The officer followed the driver northbound on St. Charles Parkway but temporarily lost sight of the car as it darted in front of another vehicle near a curve in the road. The officer then noticed debris from a crash in the roadway and initially thought it was unrelated; however, as he went to assist he observed it was the vehicle that had fled. The driver ran from the car. 

A female passenger was located on the ground near the car and with life-threatening injuries. Officers and emergency medical workers attempted life-saving measures, including CPR, but the woman was pronounced deceased. The woman, who is not being identified pending notification to the next of kin, is in her early 50’s.

Numerous officers conducted a coordinated search for the driver with the assistance of a tracking K-9 and helicopter. After several minutes, officers located the driver in a nearby neighborhood and he was taken into custody. He had a minor injury from the crash and was transported to a hospital.

In accordance with Maryland law, the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division (IID) and the Maryland State Police (MSP) was contacted and responded to the scene to lead the investigation.

The driver of the car was identified as Joseph Eugene Penn, 41, of Suitland, MD. Investigators learned Penn had an open warrant through Charles County Circuit Court for failure to appear on a felony theft case and an active civil warrant. It was also learned narcotics might have been a contributing factor in the crash. Additional criminal charges for Penn are being reviewed in consultation with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Investigators are trying to identify the occupants of two vehicles that were in the area who may have witnessed the crash and are asking anyone with additional information about this incident to call the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division at 410-576-7070.  The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 1/21/2022: St Charles Parkway is re-opened in both directions.

St. Charles, MD- A motor vehicle crash has closed a portion of St. Charles Parkway in St. Charles, MD. Officials have closed St. Charles Parkway from St. Marks Drive to Route 5(Leonardtown Road), and state it will be closed for an extended period of time.

Reports started at least one person was ejected from a vehicle and is in very serious condition.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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