At 2:40 a.m. Oct. 8, St. Mary’s Sheriff SDFC Robert Merritt observed a vehicle operating without a head light and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

When SDFC Merritt activated his police lights and siren the driver refused to stop and attempted to elude the pursuing officer.

The driver abruptly stopped in a parking lot and ran on foot.

SDFC Merritt exited his patrol vehicle and pursued the suspect, eventually capturing the driver, identified as Tyrone Allen Mason, 38 of Lexington Park.

Mason was placed under arrest and charged with Driving Under the Influence, Attempting to Elude a Uniformed Police Officer by Failing to Stop, Operating an Unregistered Vehicle, Driving Uninsured and Driving on a Suspended License.

Mason was transported to the Detention Center pending a bond hearing before the District Court Commissioner.