Baltimore man, 20, charged in ramming of police cruiser

October 26, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 20-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with trying to ram a Howard County police cruiser at the start of a high-speed car chase in May.

Rodney Kareem Parker of the 1100 block of N. Calhoun St. was arrested Saturday and charged with assault with intent to murder, malicious destruction of property, being a rogue and a vagabond, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

He was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center on $10,000 bail.

Police said that on May 17, five young men in a stolen 1990 Acura Legend attempted to steal two more cars in the 6000 block of Majors Lane in Columbia.

When officers responded to a report of car thieves in the Long Reach neighborhood, Pfc. Ricky Lee tried to block the Acura as the suspects attempted to flee. The driver tried to run into Private Lee's cruiser, but he avoided a collision, police said.

The Acura was driven over a lawn and around other police vehicles, then east on Little Patuxent Parkway and north onto Interstate 95 toward Baltimore in a high-speed chase.

Baltimore County police assisted in the chase, said Sgt. Steve Keller, a Howard County police spokesman.

The suspects abandoned the vehicle on a Baltimore street.

Screwdrivers and other tools used for breaking into vehicles were found in the stolen Acura, police said.

No other arrests have been made, they said.

There have been more than 900 car thefts this year in Howard County, eclipsing the 773 reported for all of last year.

According to police, the young men also tried to steal a 1987 Mazda truck and a 1988 Ford truck in the Major's Lane area.

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