When the trashmen told a Woodland Beach man early yesterday that they would be back to pick up his garbage, the resident apparently didn't believe them.
So the Anne Arundel County man allegedly set off in his 1977 green Lincoln Continental to make sure they did. He took along a pistol, too, police said later.
And by the time the chase was over, the trash truck allegedly had been slammed by the Lincoln and shot at twice by the Woodland Beach man. The Lincoln, in turn, had been rammed by the trash truck and pushed off the side of the road as the trashmen tried to flee for safety, police said.
As for the Woodland Beach man's trash?
The trashmen didn't have time to go back for it.
Alcohol was a factor in the episode, Officer John R. Bull Jr. said. Police arrested James Patrick Summerville, a 33-year-old carpenter, at his home in the 1700 block of Shady Side Road in the Woodland Beach area of southern Anne Arundel County.
Mr. Summerville was charged with three counts of assault and reckless endangerment and one count of failure to remain at an accident scene, Officer Bull said. Mr. Summerville was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center yesterday in lieu of posting $5,000 bond.
Police gave this account of what happened:
About 5:45 a.m., Grant Lee Royster, Michael Roy Jackson-Bey and Alexander Jones, employees of Al's Trash Inc., had just finished collecting the trash from the 1700 block of Shady Side Road when a resident who had forgotten to take out his trash flagged them.
The crewmen told the man they would pick up the trash from his house as they doubled backed through the community. But that apparently didn't satisfy the man, who started on foot down the street with his trash can, said Officer Bull.
The man then returned to his home, got into his car and began chasing the trash truck. He caught up with the trashmen as their truck was stopped and garbage was being mechanically shifted into the vehicle's compactor. The driver pulled up, jumped out of his car, confronted one of the trashmen and said, "What are you looking at?"
With that, police said, the man pulled out a revolver and pointed it at Mr. Jackson-Bey, who was within an arm's length of the gunman. The trashmen reasoned with the resident, who then returned to his car.
The trashmen jumped into their truck and headed for the nearby Southern District Police Station. While on Mayo Road, they saw the Lincoln in the truck's rearview mirror. Mr. Royster, the truck driver, radioed his boss, who called police.
Meanwhile, the Lincoln raced around the front of the trash truck, made a U-turn and slammed into the truck as it was passing the Edgewater post office.
The truck driver used the heavy vehicle to push the Lincoln out of its path and headed for the police station. But the Lincoln continued to pursue the trash truck. The trash truck tried to force the Lincoln off the side of the road.
At that point, the driver of the Lincoln fired two shots at the trash truck. The Lincoln made another U-turn and headed back to Woodland Beach.
The trashmen drove to a gas station where they met Officer Bull. None of the men was injured.