Expelled midshipman convicted of DWI

October 19, 1993

A former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman who rammed the fence of an Orchard Beach home, threatened the homeowner and crashed through the gate of a Pasadena power plant before hitting a highway sign and coming to a stop was convicted yesterday of driving while intoxicated.

Michael James Urch, a 21-year-old former midshipman junior from Diamond Point, N.Y., pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. to driving while intoxicated.

Urch rammed the fence of the home of Betty L. Schultz, 48, of the 7800 block of West End Road in Pasadena, with his car about 11:30 p.m. May 20, according to court records.

Mrs. Schultz, who was walking her dog in front of the house, told police the car went across the front lawn of her home, came to a stop and then backed up and nearly hit her. Urch yelled, "I'm going to kill you," before taking off, according to court records.

A few minutes later, security guards at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Brandon Shores Power Plant reported to police that the same white Toyota Supra had rammed their gate and was on the company property.

When Officer Terry Wilson responded, he saw Urch ram a highway speed limit sign about 50 feet from where the officer had activated his emergency lights, according to court records.

When he was arrested, Urch had a blood-alcohol content of .24, more then double the legal limit of .10.

Academy spokeswoman Karen Meyers said Urch has been expelled from the academy. Judge Thieme set sentencing for Nov. 29.

Two firefighters promoted in Annapolis

Annapolis Fire Department Chief Edward P. Sherlock Jr. has announced the promotions of two firefighters.

Annapolis Firefighter First Class Anthony J. Spencer has been promoted to fire marshal lieutenant and Firefighter Claude E. Coates to firefighter first class.

Lieutenant Spencer is a 19-year veteran of the Annapolis Fire Department and has worked in the fire marshal's office for the past six years.

A 23-year Annapolis Fire Department veteran, Firefighter Coates is working as a pump operator at Fire Company 36 at the Eastport Fire Station.

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