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A man who allegedly stole a car Monday afternoon later crashed into the pumps at a gas station in Jarrettsville while fleeing police, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident began around 2:45 p.m. in the 2600 block of Chestnut Hill Road in Forest Hill. The man, later identified as Michael Lee Cox, 33, and his girlfriend, 26, of Nottingham, were fighting in a front yard.

One of Cox's family members called police to report the fight, and said Cox had a knife and was threatening suicide, Monica Worrell, public information specialist for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said.

Before police arrived, in an effort to escape, the woman got in her car — a red Dodge Neon — and locked the doors. She didn't have her own car keys, and Cox allegedly grabbed them from a family member and drove away from the house with his girlfriend in the car.

At Grier Nursery Road and Walters Mill Road, Cox allegedly pushed his girlfriend out of the car and she hit her head, Worrell said.

As deputies responded to the call, they saw the Dodge Neon stopped on the side of the road. As a deputy approached, Cox shouted at the deputy then allegedly fled the scene, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Police issued a lookout for the Neon, which was spotted shortly thereafter heading south on Route 165 at Route 24 at a high rate of speed. A short chase ensued, according to the release.

Police deployed stop sticks to stop the driver, and when he swerved to avoid hitting them, he swiped the gas pumps at the BP station in downtown Jarrettsville, at the intersection of Federal Hill Road and Jarrettsville Road (Routes 165 and 23), Worrell said.

The man was taken into custody and taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He is charged with carjacking, first-degree assault, robbery and several traffic-related charges.

The woman was also taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

There was no explosion or fire at the gas station, despite previous reports to the contrary, Worrell said.

Check back with www.exploreharford.com for more on this story or see Wednesday's print edition of The Aegis.

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