Elkton man sentenced to 3 years for assault

December 26, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A boater was sentenced in Cecil County District Court to 10 years in prison last week with seven years suspended and five years of supervised probation for assault and battery and resisting arrest stemming from a June 26 incident on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

William H. Mars, 35, of Elkton was the subject of a routine stop as Maryland Natural Resources Police were conducting a Safer Waterways through Alcohol Monitoring Patrol (SWAMP) on a Saturday night.

Officer Eric Ritter stopped a 26-foot cabin cruiser in the canal because the green bow light was not on, a police spokeswoman said.

Mars, the operator of the boat, produced the required registration.

But while showing the officer the boat's fire extinguisher, Mars held it over his head and dropped it on himself.

Officer Ritter detected alcohol on Mars' breath and administered a field sobriety test, the spokeswoman said.

Mars became abusive toward the officer, who called for backup from other Natural Resources vessels working the SWAMP detail.

When Mars continued to resist arrest, six officers subdued him with handcuffs and manacles.

Mars was taken to the Maryland State Police barracks at North East where he refused a Breathalyzer test, police said.

About 10 p.m., Mars complained of shoulder pain and was taken to Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton for treatment.

The handcuffs were removed for X-rays, and Mars escaped about 3:45 a.m.

A search for him was called off at 5 a.m. and resumed at 8 a.m.

Police kept two sites under surveillance.

Mars was spotted in the Elkton area about 12:20 p.m.

When uniformed Maryland Natural Resources Police officers in a marked vehicle approached the Elkton residence, Mars bolted through a rear window but was captured, police said.

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