Chase on I-270, 495 leads to man being charged with gun, drug possession

Man charged with gun, drug possession after chase on interstates 270 and 495

Police said he threw fraudulent drug prescriptions out the window, hit another vehicle

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Montgomery County police have charged a man with illegally having a gun and marijuana following a vehicle chase on Interstates 270 and 495 Tuesday.

Talal Bangna, 20, of Laurel, was driving a black Honda southbound near the interchange between 270 and Montrose Road around 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Montgomery County police said.

An officer saw the Honda “drifting” between lanes and tried to stop it, police said in a press release Thursday. The Honda sped away.

Police said that as officers pursued the Honda, Bangna threw fraudulent drug prescriptions out the window.

Bangna hit another vehicle, then a median when he got to the Beltway’s interchange with New Hampshire Avenue, police said. After Bangna’s car became disabled, he was arrested.

The driver of the other vehicle that was hit was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police said they found a loaded handgun with an extended magazine, another loaded magazine, marijuana and “drug-related paraphernalia.” Bangna was also carrying “a large amount of cash,” police said.

Bangna was charged with two counts each of loaded handgun possession and handgun possession, and one count each of possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, according to court records.

He was also charged with multiple traffic violations.

Bangna was released from custody on a $3,500 bond, police said. He is due to appear in District Court Oct. 30. Attorney information was not listed Thursday evening.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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