Man charged in road attack on an officer Her car is rammed, she is threatened

January 15, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A Dundalk man was charged with assault yesterday after he allegedly rammed a police officer's private car, forced her off the road and approached her wielding a 2-foot length of pipe, Baltimore County police said.

The suspect fled after Cpl. Gwendolyn Parrish, who was still in uniform, drew her gun, said police spokesman E. Jay Miller. Corporal Parrish was treated at Francis Scott Key Medical Center for a sprained neck and released.

The man reportedly had been driving a 1983 Mercury Monarch. About an hour after the incident, other officers saw such a car parked outside a bar at Willow Spring Avenue and Sollers Point Road, Mr. Miller said.

The Mercury's owner identified Michael David Diodato, 33, as the man who had been driving the car, Mr. Miller said.

Mr. Diodato, of the 2500 block of Yorkway, Dundalk, was charged with assault with intent to murder, destruction of property and having a concealed deadly weapon. Bail was set at $50,000.

The incident began at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday after Corporal Parrish, 37, had left work in her personal car, Mr. Miller said. She had stopped at a traffic light at Holabird and Delvale avenues in Dundalk, when another car hit hers three times from the rear, pulled up alongside and forced her off the road.

The driver jumped out, pipe in hand, and approached Corporal Parrish, who drew her gun, Mr. Miller said. She didn't fire, however, and the attacker fled. Police later found a 2-foot length of metal pipe.

"We don't know what it was all about," Mr. Miller said, but it appeared the suspect was angry at the other driver and didn't know he was dealing with a police officer.

Corporal Parrish is recovering at home.

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