Westminster man charged in crash CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

June 18, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Westminster man whose pickup truck crashed on Old Manchester Road Wednesday night was released on personal recognizance yesterday after he was charged with nine traffic violations, including driving while intoxicated.

Ricky Allen Rhodes, of the 300 block of E. Main St., was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, failure to obey a lawful order, negligent driving, reckless driving, passing in a no-passing zone, failure to wear a seat belt, having a passenger under 16 not belted, and failure to keep to the right of center of the road, in addition to the DWI charge.

His son, Larry Allen Rhodes, 3, was treated for minor injuries at Carroll County General Hospital and released. He was not in a child's seat -- required by state law -- when the vehicle overturned, state police said.

Troopers said Mr. Rhodes crashed as he attempted to elude off-duty Tfc. John Carhart. The trooper said he smelled alcohol on the man's breath along Goldenrod Terrace shortly before 9 p.m.

Trooper Carhart reported that he approached the man after seeing him lean from the pickup's window to ask about a lost dog. The trooper said that when he smelled alcohol, he asked the driver to get out of the vehicle, but the driver sped away.

The truck, with the trooper in pursuit, drove north on Route 27, east on Route 482 and south on Route 852 before striking a utility pole and overturning in a ditch.

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