Man gets 10 years in auto assault Driver was charged with hitting cruiser

November 05, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Pasadena man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday on charges of assault with intent to maim stemming from a high speed chase along Ritchie Highway in June in which his car rammed a police car and caused a four-car accident.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge H. Chester Goudy, Jr. ordered the sentence for Eric Lee Johnson, of the 7600 block of Oak Lane.

Eugene Whissel II, assistant state's attorney, said that it was the second time Johnson had been convicted of assault with intent to maim stemming from high speed chases.

He was convicted in a similar incident and sentenced Nov. 22, 1988, to 10 years, and had been on parole when the second chase occurred, Mr. Whissel said.

In the most recent incident, police were called to the 7-11 on Ritchie Highway and Church Street in Brooklyn Park shortly before 2 a.m. about a domestic disturbance in the parking lot.

When officers arrived, they found Johnson walking across the store parking lot toward his black and red Datsun pickup truck.

He got into his truck, pulled into the northbound lane of Ritchie Highway, failing to stop when Officer Michael Soriano pulled up behind him and put on his squad car's emergency flashers.

Officers chased the truck about six blocks along Ritchie Highway to 11th Avenue, where Johnson suddenly made a U-turn, rammed Officer Soriano's patrol car, then continued south.

FTC The officer suffered a sprained neck in the accident, according to court records.

The chase ended a few moments later when Johnson's pickup truck rammed a Ford Escort parked along 11th Avenue. The truck toppled on its side and caused a four-car chain-reaction pileup, according to court records.

Johnson was treated for minor injuries at Harbor Hospital and was taken to Northern District police station, where he was arrested.

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