Two Anne Arundel County police officers are under investigation by the attorney general’s Independent Investigations Division after a high-speed chase and deadly crash in Pasadena early Thursday morning.

A four-door Infiniti G37 sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed on the Stoney Creek drawbridge without its front lights on, authorities said. Two patrol vehicles from the Anne Arundel County Police Department followed closely behind, also traveling at high speeds without using their emergency lights, the Maryland attorney general’s office said in a news release Friday.

After the sedan and the officers’ car left the bridge, the sedan hit a utility pole at the intersection of Fort Smallwood and Bar Harbor roads around 12:06 a.m., the news release said.

A man who was a passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Damione Gardner of Baltimore, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 23-year-old man, was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The officers were not injured, the attorney general’s office said.

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The Independent Investigations Division is looking into the events leading up to the wreck.

The two patrol vehicles from Anne Arundel County Police did not have dashboard cameras installed. However, the officers had body-worn cameras, the attorney general’s office said. Typically, the Independent Investigations Division aims to release body camera footage within 20 business days of an incident.

The attorney general’s office on Monday identified the involved Anne Arundel County Police officers as Officer K. Schnell, a four-year veteran; and Officer E. Vasquez, a three-year veteran.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Independent Investigations Division at 410-576-7070 or by email at IID@oag.state.md.us.

Royale Bonds attended Southern Illinois University. Go Salukis! She previously worked as an affordable housing reporter in Greenville, South Carolina. Royale enjoys long naps, snacking and endless scrolling on social media. She looks forward to reporting on Anne Arundel County and covering the stories that matter. 

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