Pa. trooper released from hospital

February 09, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

An undercover Pennsylvania state trooper, who was forced at gunpoint to inhale cocaine and then drive his assailant from Gettysburg to Taneytown on Saturday, was released from the hospital Monday.

State police in Pennsylvania said Trooper Jeffrey A. Taylor was making a controlled drug buy when a man put a gun to the trooper's head and ordered him to inhale the substance.

The officer was then forced to drive the alleged assailant from Gettysburg to Taneytown, where the man got out of the trooper's car, police said.

Trooper Taylor drove back to Littlestown and called for help.

He was treated at Gettysburg Hospital.

Billy E. Larmer, 46, of Gettysburg, was arrested by Maryland State Police without incident after he was observed in an automobile in an alley behind Middle Street in Taneytown about 3 p.m. Sunday.

He is being held on $25,000 bond at the detention center.

He is expected to be charged with kidnapping by Pennsylvania authorities. A small amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, Dennis R. Reecher, 50, of Fairfield, Pa., and Mr. Larmer were both charged with possession of cocaine and paraphernalia.

Mr. Reecher is being held on $5,000 bond.

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