Driver shot at by trooper found dead in wooded area

December 07, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A man who allegedly tried twice to run down a state trooper after a car chase in Glen Burnie was found dead in his vehicle yesterday afternoon, apparently killed by bullets fired from the lawman's gun.

Police had been searching for David Allan White since Saturday morning, when Trooper Kyong C. Yi, a five-year veteran assigned to the Glen Burnie barracks, fired several shots at a Toyota as it careened toward him on Central Avenue.

Authorities did not know whether Mr. White had been hit until yesterday, when a man spotted the Toyota Corolla in a wooded area off Dorsey Road, about 1,000 feet west of Central Avenue, less than a mile from where the shooting took place.

The man called the county police, who found Mr. White's body slumped over in the front seat about 12:15 p.m.

Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a state police spokesman, said an internal investigation of the shooting was under way and he could not say how many shots the trooper fired, whether he hit Mr. White, or how many times Mr. White was struck.

The incident began Saturday, shortly before 1:30 a.m. when Trooper Yi, 26, spotted a man standing near an abandoned pickup truck on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 97, north of Route 648 in Glen Burnie.

As the trooper pulled up, the man got into a white Toyota Corolla and drove away. The officer chased the car along I-97 to Dorsey Road, then onto Central Avenue, where the driver lost control, spun around and was hit by Trooper's Yi's cruiser.

Police said Trooper Yi got out of his car and ordered the driver to stop. But the driver drove directly at him, forcing him to jump out of the way. He fired several shots at the car.

The driver changed direction and again attempted to run over the officer, police said, and Trooper Yi opened fire, hitting the front windshield and the driver's side door many times, Sergeant Shipley said.

The spokesman said the Toyota was driven south on Central Avenue and west on Dorsey Road. State and county police searched for the car all morning and had thought the driver escaped.

Saturday afternoon, authorities obtained an arrest warrant charging Mr. White, 25, with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault, theft and malicious destruction to property.

Trooper Yi was placed on routine administrative duty, pending completion of the investigation, Sergeant Shipley said.

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