Savoy indicted on 18 charges from Police Chase where one died

News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: On May 21, 2019, Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy was charged via indictment with the following crimes resulting from the March 3, 2019 pursuit.

  • Murder Second Degree
  • Negligent Manslaughter
  • Criminally Negligent Manslaughter
  • Manslaughter
  • CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime
  • CDS Distribution-With Firearm
  • 2 Counts-Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession
  • Firearm Possession-Felony Conviction
  • Possession Firearm/Minor
  • Regulated Firearm: Stolen
  • Know Alter Firearm ID Number
  • Handgun in Vehicle
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Unauthorized Removal of Motor Vehicle
  • Fleeing and Eluding
  • Resisting Arrest

UPDATE:  On March 9, 2019, Carol Jean Anderson, age 87 of Leonardtown, succumbed to the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle collision on March 3, 2019.  Sheriff Tim Cameron and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office want to express our condolences to the Anderson family and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is actively working with the Office of the State’s Attorney regarding additional criminal charges on Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy.


On March 3, 2019, at approximately 12:44 p.m. law enforcement officers located Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy, age 20 of Lexington Park, operating a vehicle in the area of Midway Drive in Lexington Park. Savoy is wanted on numerous outstanding warrants, to include Handgun on Person, Handgun in a Vehicle, and Loaded Handgun in Vehicle.

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Officers attempted to take Savoy into custody, however Savoy refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Savoy lost control of the vehicle he was operating while negotiating a curve on Pegg Road.  Savoy’s vehicle crossed the centerline of the roadway, and was struck by another vehicle. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 1995 GMC Jimmy, operated by Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy, was traveling northbound on Pegg Road when Savoy lost control of the vehicle in the area of West Westbury Boulevard. Savoy’s vehicle crossed the centerline, and entered the southbound lanes of travel, where it was struck by a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, operated by Carol Jean Anderson, age 87 of Leonardtown.

Both operators sustained incapacitating injuries, and were transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital; both operators were subsequently transported to area trauma centers for further treatment and remain in critical condition. Located on Savoy’s person prior to being transported to the hospital was a loaded handgun; other items of evidence were also recovered from the vehicle.

Additional charges are pending review with the Office of the State’s Attorney.  At this time speed, driver error, and attempting to elude arrest appear to be contributing factors in the collision.