Two Prince George's County men were charged yesterday with assaulting two Maryland state troopers with a pickup truck Friday night in the parking lot of a Lothian bingo parlor.
According to state police, Troopers Michael Evans and Gregory Oresik were off duty when they noticed a fight going on in the Wayson's Bingo parking lot at the intersection of Route 408 and Route 4 in Wayson's Corner. The troopers walked up to the crowd that had gathered and identified themselves.
They had begun to break up the disturbance, police said, when two men in the crowd jumped into a 1974 GMC pickup truck, gunned the engine and screeched toward the two officers.
The hurtling truck hit a member of the crowd, Erving Wallace of Lothian, on the leg, but both troopers and several bystanders were able to leap to safety.
As the truck sped off the parking lot onto Route 4, Trooper Evans fired one shot with his pistol, hitting the truck's door, police said.
The troopers ran to their car and chased the truck west into Prince George's County. Five miles later, they found it parked in the lot of the Top of the Hill tavern on Old Marlboro Pike in Upper Marlboro.
Martin Smith, 30, of the 6500 block of Rosemont Street, Upper Marlboro, was sitting inside the truck, and the two troopers arrested him immediately.
The driver, Steven Krenzler, 31, also of Upper Marlboro, bailed out and escaped as the officers approached, police said.
Mr. Krenzler, of the 10900 block of Brookwood Avenue, turned himself in to state police in Annapolis yesterday morning.
He was arrested and charged with four counts of assault with intent to murder, possession of the drug PCP and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The assault charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and the possession charges could lead to four years, police said.