Man charged with attempted murder Second man taken for ride on car hood CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

April 15, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A Wakefield Valley man suspected of driving a car for a mile with another man clinging to the hood has been charged with assault and attempted second-degree murder.

Richard E. Miller of Lawndale Road in Finksburg told police he was looking for his girlfriend at 12:45 a.m. March 31 to talk with her when he saw her sitting in the passenger seat of her car in downtown Westminster.

At the wheel of the car, police say, was Thomas William Fritz Jr., 24, of Long Valley Road.

Mr. Miller said the car started toward him as he approached it, and he fell across the hood as the car accelerated off the parking lot of Champs Restaurant at Main Street and Railroad Avenue.

He said he grabbed the windshield wipers and held on as the car traveled about a mile, to Englar Road near Route 140.

There, he said, he fell off the hood, and the car and its two occupants sped away.

Mr. Miller was treated at Carroll County General Hospital for unspecified injuries.

Westminster police arrested Mr. Fritz on Monday. He wacharged with attempted second-degree murder, assault and battery, and a number of traffic violations.

He was taken before a court commissioner and released on $50,000 bond.

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