Baltimore County police investigating the serious beating Tuesday night of a Cockeysville District officer by two men said one of the assailants was armed with a handgun.
Police said yesterday that the incident began when Officer Darryl Chesney saw the driver of a late-model Chevrolet Monte Carlo with state dealer tags make an illegal U-turn on Interstate 83 north of exit 36, the next to last exit ramp before the Pennsylvania line, and head south.
Officer Chesney followed the car south on I-83 for several minutes before it left the highway, police said. Officer Chesney stopped the car on Harris Mill Road just past Lentz Road, a heavily wooded and isolated area.
Before he got out of his cruiser, Officer Chesney radioed that he was stopping a car with Maryland dealer tag 1A47651 and gave his location, police said.
Police said the driver of the car, a well-dressed white man about 40,got out of the Chevrolet when Officer Chesney got out of his patrol car.
As the two men stood talking on the roadway, the driver pulled a handgun from under his coat and ordered Officer Chesney to the side of the road, police said.
Police said the passenger then got out of the car and removed Officer Chesney's 9mm semi-automatic handgun from its holster.
The men then assaulted the officer, beating him over the head several times with his own heavy-duty flashlight, then drove off in the Chevrolet, police said.
After regaining consciousness, Officer Chesney pressed the emergency button on his radio, sending a signal to police headquarters that resulted in his being found.
Officer Chesney was airlifted to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated for serious head injuries. The five-year member of the force was sent home yesterday, police said.
Police said neither the two men nor the car, whose dealer plate had been stolen earlier from a car dealership in the 6200 block of Belair Road in the city, have been found.