GAMBER -- A Westminster man is in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while his brother sits in the Carroll County Detention Center after a violent argument early yesterday.
Maryland State Police said that Robert Lee Wiles and his girlfriend, Bonnie Miller, both of West George Street in Westminster, began arguing after leaving a dance at the Gamber fire hall in a vehicle about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
After Mr. Wiles, 30, allegedly struck his 25-year-old girlfriend in the head, Ms. Miller dropped him off along Niner Road and returned to the fire hall. There she told Mr. Miller's half-brother, Christopher Alan Bosley, of the alleged assault.
Police said Mr. Bosley, 23, of East Main Street in Westminster, took an ax handle from the trunk of his car and drove off in pursuit of his brother. Upon meeting him on Niner Road, police said, Mr. Bosley confronted Mr. Wiles with the ax handle.
A fight ensued. Mr. Wiles allegedly hit Mr. Bosley over the head with the ax handle, police said.
Mr. Bosley, who was originally taken to Carroll County General Hospital, was listed yesterday in critical condition at Shock Trauma.
"We can't really determine what's happening there," said Tfc. Douglas R. Wehland. "We're only hearing one side of the story, and the other side's incapacitated now."
Both men were intoxicated, police said, although officers say they do not have blood-alcohol figures.
Police learned of the assault after responding to a report of disorderly conduct at the fire hall. "There was some type of disturbance not involving these people," Trooper Wehland said. "But, everything was calm by the time [police] arrived."
Mr. Wiles was arrested at his home at about 3:15 a.m. yesterday. Charged with assault and battery, he is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.