Fleeing man jumps on, then off truck, breaks a leg

October 30, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 20-year-old New York man fractured his leg after jumping from a moving tractor-trailer along Interstate 95 as he tried to escape troopers during a drug arrest, state police said last week.

Before his apprehension, Jimmy D. Fitzpatrick was a passenger in a 1994 Ford Aerostar van stopped by Tfc. Steve Hohner for speeding on I-95 south of Aberdeen about noon Tuesday, said Lt. Gregory M. Shipley.

Lieutenant Shipley said that after a state police K-9 dog alerted Trooper Hohner to illegal narcotics in the van, the trooper found nine packages ofcrack cocaine wrapped in duct tape and hidden inside the rear quarter-panels.

The trooper arrested the van's driver, Michael L. Andrews, 24, ofSpringfield, Mass., but Mr. Fitzpatrick and Shawn J. Cobbs, 19, of New York, fled.

Mr. Cobbs was caught after a brier foot chase. Mr. Fitzpatrick jumped onto the back of a passing tractor-trailer, which had slowed as southbound traffic passed the scene.

Troopers pursued Mr. Fitzpatrick, who clung to the truck for about a mile before he jumped from the tractor-trailer. He broke his leg when he landed, they said.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was treated at Harford Memorial Hospital and was discharged Wednesday.

All three men were arrested on charges of smuggling about 4 1/2 pounds ofcocaine (worth an estimated $200,000), possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, police said. In addition, Mr. Cobbs and Mr. Fitzpatrick were charged with resisting arrest Mr. Cobbs also was charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.

Each was held on a $2 million bond at the Harford County Detention Center.

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