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Police Sergeant Indicted For Pursuing Suspects Who Died After Crashing Into Utility Poles

Prince George’s County, MD – The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) sergeant who got into a high-speed chase that ended with the deaths of two suspects in 2020 has been indicted for official misconduct.

A Prince George’s County grand jury handed down an indictment against PGCPD Sergeant Shaun Urbina on Thursday, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy told WJLA.

Sgt. Urbina, who was the ranking officer in the chase, has been charged with misdemeanor misconduct in office for engaging in “an unauthorized high-speed pursuit,” according to Braveboy.

The 39-year-old sergeant has served the PGCPD for 17 years, WUSA reported.

The incident occurred in Clinton on July 9, 2020, after a clerk at a gas station on Old Branch Avenue called police to report two individuals who were behaving strangely, according to WTOP.

An officer responded to the scene and spoke with the individuals briefly before the driver, 62-year-old Lynda Jones, sped off, leading police on a high-speed pursuit spanning nearly seven miles.

The chase ended when the suspect crashed into multiple utility poles near the intersection of Tarquin Avenue and Old Branch Avenue, WTOP reported.

Lynda Jones and her son, 42-year-old Richard Jones, were both killed in the collision, according to WJLA.

“On July 9, 2020, Prince George’s Police Sergeant Shaun Urbina engaged in an unauthorized high-speed pursuit in Clinton, Maryland, a chase that resulted in the deaths of two involved civilians Lynda and Richard Jones,” Braveboy declared in a statement while announcing the indictment against Sgt. Urbina.

Sgt. Urbina and four other officers were suspended after the fatal crash.

The other four officers have all returned to duty.

An internal affairs investigation into the incident remains ongoing, WTOP reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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