Inmate on work-release charged with hit-and-run that injured 3

May 23, 1991

An inmate at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on work-release was charged yesterday in a hit-and-run accident that injured three people, including a pregnant woman, state police said.

According to police, an inmate whose driver's license had been revoked drove away from an accident with another car yesterday at 1:30 p.m. Witnesses at the intersection of Dorsey Road and Aviation Boulevard in Glen Burnie gave police the license number of the Chevrolet Nova, which they traced to another detention center inmate.

That inmate led police to Robert Thomas Baranovic, 40, of Pasadena, who was arrested on a public bus.

He was charged with failing to grant right of way, two violations of the state's hit-and-run law and driving under a revoked license.

Police said Mr. Baranovic drove the fellow inmate to a job in Glen Burnie each day and continued on to his own job at the Dundalk Marine Terminal. At the end of the day, he would pick the friend up to return to the detention center.

Police say they do not know what the inmate was doing in Glen Burnie yesterday afternoon. The inmates in work-release are supposed to go only to and from their jobs.

The driver of the other car, Julia Thompson, 51, of Ellicott City, her son, James Murphy and his pregnant wife, Roxanne Murphy, were slightly injured in the collision.

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