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Date: Aug 2, 2019

A man suffered injuries after crashing a stolen vehicle early this morning on Scotts Level Road in Pikesville.

Officers were initially dispatched to the 100 block of Purvis Place at 2:14 a.m. for a call of a Jeep Cherokee being stolen. An officer responding to the area located the stolen Jeep and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Scotts Level Road. The driver of the Jeep failed to stop and lost control of the vehicle just before Old Court Road and struck a fence and a parked car before overturning and ejecting the driver.

The driver, 18, was transported to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team responded to the scene and is conducting the crash reconstruction.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7.

The nationwide test will be sent to radio and TV stations beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts.

About the Test

The test is conducted through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). This year, the test message will originate from designated radio stations, known as Primary Entry Point stations, which participate in the National Public Warning System, a component of (IPAWS).

All other radio and television stations, cable, wireline service providers and direct broadcast satellite service providers subsequently should receive and broadcast the test message.

The Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is not involved in the test. "Part of our mission is helping to make residents aware of the test and the Emergency Alert System," Said Division Chief Jay Ringgold, director of Baltimore County HSEM.

This year’s test will evaluate the effectiveness of national alert systems in situations where internet connectivity is not available.

The test will last about one minute and will resemble monthly EAS tests. Tuesday's test will have a limited impact on the public, with minor interruption of radio and television programs. Both the audio message and text crawl should be accessible to people with disabilities.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017