State trooper dragged by fleeing car

February 05, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A state trooper received minor injuries after being dragged 20 feet by his thumb as a Delaware man sped off in his car while allegedly attempting to escape from a routine traffic stop in Elkton early yesterday, state police said.

Tfc. Joseph Lanzi of the North East barracks was treated for bruises to his left thumb at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace and released.

In his report, Trooper Lanzi said he stopped a car driven by Ronald James Richard, 33, of Newark, Del., at 2:30 a.m. at Fletchwood and Chestnut roads.

After he approached the car, the driver accelerated, catching Trooper Lanzi's thumb in the door.

After shaking free, Trooper Lanzi said, he got into his patrol car and chased the driver down Fletchwood Road onto Route 279 and into Delaware, where Newark police and Delaware state police joined the four-mile chase.

Newark police said they captured Mr. Richard at College Square Shopping Center in Newark. He was arrested and charged with possession of unspecified drugs by Newark officers, a Maryland police spokesman said.

Mr. Richard was returned to Maryland and charged with assault and battery, reckless endangerment and assault with intent to maim, the spokesman said.

Traffic charges are pending, the spokesman said.

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