Man charged in fight after traffic incident

May 24, 1994

A Westminster man was arrested Friday as the result of a fight after a minor traffic incident Thursday night, police said.

William D. Barrows, 34, of the 500 block of Pinehurst Circle, was charged with assault with intent to murder, three counts of battery and using his automobile with the intent to injure, four counts of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. He was released on $600 bond yesterday after originally being held on $55,000 bond.

State police said in court documents that a man was driving a Lincoln Town Car west on Route 140 in the Finksburg area when a vehicle two cars ahead of him made a sudden stop. Police said Christopher Cox, at the wheel of the Honda next in line, applied his brakes to avoid a collision. The Honda was almost struck from behind by the Lincoln, but no contact was made, police said.

Both drivers began to argue and pulled their vehicles onto the median.

As Mr. Cox got out of his Honda, the driver of the Lincoln allegedly threatened to run over Mr. Cox, accelerated and struck him on the left leg, knocking him to the ground.

Mr. Cox returned to his car and followed the Lincoln to the 400 block of Pinehurst Circle.

Mr. Cox and his two passengers got out of their vehicle and started to walk toward the Lincoln.

Its driver accelerated and again struck Mr. Cox, knocking him to the ground, and attempted to hit the passengers, court documents said.

The Lincoln driver then drove wildly around a parking lot and rammed the Honda, which still had one of Mr. Cox's companions inside, according to court papers.

Mr. Cox was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment, a spokeswoman said.

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