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Maryland man carjacks taxi, crashes into sheriff's cars

Dionte Kyrell James Torrence taken into custody. (Harford County Sheriff's Office)

JOPPATOWNE, Md. (AP) -- Authorities in Maryland say a stolen taxicab was recovered when the carjacker crashed it into two cars that happened to belong to a sheriff and chief deputy.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Dionte Kyrell James Torrence was arrested after the Saturday crash.

The sheriff's office says Torrence had got into the cab in Joppatowne, asked for a ride to Baltimore and then indicated he had a weapon, at which point the driver jumped out. Torrence is accused of fleeing with the cab.

A call went out, and as Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler drove to a community event, he saw the stolen vehicle and began a pursuit that ended in the crash.

No injuries were reported.

It's unclear whether Torrence has a lawyer.


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