Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


August 02, 1993

Teen accused of speeding, fleeing police

An 18-year-old Westminster man was charged with several traffic violations after driving a motorcycle at speeds of up to 110 mph in the Taylorsville area Saturday morning, Maryland State Police reported.

Police first saw Patrick Mercer Klein of Ridge Road driving a 1989 Yamaha motorcycle allegedly at 98 mph on Route 26 at Hooper Road. Mr. Klein turned north on Hooper Road, then east on Sams Creek Road to Route 27, driving as fast as 110 mph, police said.

He eluded police, but residents of the area gave police enough information to find Mr. Klein at home, where he was arrested, police said. He was charged with fleeing police, speeding, reckless driving and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Mother, child injured by slow-moving van

A 23-year-old woman, who ran into the highway to grab her 2-year-old son as he followed his dog, was struck by a van near their Bushey Heights home Friday.

Kayawna Mend and Christopher William Mend, who live in the 500 block of W. Old Liberty Road, were taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment.

Mrs. Mend suffered a mild concussion and a torn ligament in her left knee and Christopher had a mild concussion after the 10:57 a.m. accident in front of their house. Both received multiple bruises, the mother said.

Reached at her home Friday afternoon, Mrs. Mend said, "I saw Chris run into the road after the dog and I saw the car, so I ran out and grabbed him up in my arms. The van was only going slow, about 25 miles an hour, while the driver was looking for a house number, and I got hit from behind.

"Both of us were knocked down, but it would have been worse on Christopher if he had been hit."

State police said the 1986 Ford van was driven by Walter R. Humple, 62, of Sykesville. He was not charged.

The dog was not hit.


* Mount Airy: Equipment from the Mount Airy station was dispatched to a brush fire on Watersville Road at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Units were out 19 minutes.

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