Suspect in police chase freed on bail

September 04, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A Montgomery County man, who is accused of ramming several state police cars during a high-speed chase from Frederick to Taneytown, was released on $50,000 bond on assault and malicious destruction charges Friday.

Norman Henry Grady Smith, 34, from Wheaton, also is charged with traffic violations, state police said.

Officers said Mr. Smith was stopped Thursday in Frederick on traffic charges, but fled before a citation could be issued, leading pursuing Frederick and state police cars over county roads before heading north on Route 194 toward Taneytown.

State police said the 40-minute chase started about 3 p.m. as Frederick County schools were letting out. Pursuing troopers were directed to limit their speed and a helicopter was dispatched to follow the fleeing 1988 Chevrolet Celebrity until units could be sent to block it.

When the driver of the fleeing car could no longer see the pursuing police cars he stopped for a school bus, police officials said. The car accelerated again when the police cars, lights flashing and sirens sounding, approached.

Investigators said the driver attempted to strike a Taneytown police car that had pulled beside the Chevrolet, and rammed the rear of a state police vehicle driven by Tfc. Edwin Humphries of the Westminster barracks when he tried to slow it with a "rolling roadblock."

Officers said they stopped the car on Route 194. Tfc.C. M. Sasse reportedly stopped behind the Chevrolet, jumped out of his patrol car and ran toward the fugitive car to arrest the driver.

The Chevrolet backed up and rammed Trooper Sasse's vehicle, then went forward and hit a stopped dump truck.

Police said Tfc R. F. Adams used his patrol car to ram the Chevrolet, knocking it into a utility pole and disabling it.

Mr. Smith was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with two counts each of assault with intent to avoid apprehension, assault and malicious destruction of property and one count of battery. He was also charged with traffic violations, including driving on a revoked license.

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