A New Year’s Eve police chase ended when a fleeing suspect crashed his BMW into the back of an SUV belonging to a Berlin family. Hospital officials say that two members of the Espinoza family of Berlin, Maryland, are in critical condition at Peninsula Regional Medical Center from injuries they received when a car ran a red light at a high rate of speed. The report from the Delmarva Media Group indicates that Winston Doyle Douglas, 26, of Portsmouth, VA, had been drinking when a Berlin Police officer’s radar clocked his northbound BMW going 108 mph on Route 113.
The police officer said that he pursued the suspect with lights and sirens in an attempt to pull him over, but the high-speed pursuit continued when Douglas headed east on Route 50. Maryland State Police Trooper J. Brant said that Douglas ran a red light at Route 50 and Seahawk Drive, and collided with the Espinoza family’s Ford Expedition. Six members of the family were in the SUV when the Maryland car accident occurred—the driver, Marco Antonia Espinoza, 35, his wife Maria Espinoza, 38, twin 17-year-old sons Juvenal Fresca and Jose Fresca, 12-year-old son Jose Espinoza and a 22-year-old nephew, Brant said.
The nephew and 12-year-old son’s injuries were so severe that they were airlifted from the scene by a State Police helicopter to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The other Espinoza family members were also treated at PRMC, as well as Douglas and the passenger in his car. Police found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in Douglas’ car, but police have not yet determined who the registered owner of the gun is at this time. Police have charged Douglas with DUI, handgun possession, speeding, aggressive driving, and fleeing and eluding resulting in bodily injury to others.
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