Cecil Co. man charged with assault after a 30-mile chase by police

January 18, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A burglary suspect who allegedly fired gunshots at police during a 30-mile chase from Aberdeen to Perryville was arrested early yesterday after his truck crashed in a field, authorities said.

Harry George Deaner III, 30, of the first block of Cypress Court, North East, was being held last night in lieu of $100,000 bond at the Cecil County Detention Center. He was charged with multiple counts of assault with intent to murder, assault and a handgun offense.

According to the Harford County sheriff's office, deputies stopped a Blazer shortly after 4:30 a.m. near Mitchell Lane in Aberdeen to question its driver about a burglary attempt at a High's Store on U.S. 40 in Belcamp, but the driver suddenly sped away.

Deputies chased the Blazer east on U.S. 40 to Route 155 in Havre de Grace and then north on Interstate 95. Speeds reached 85 mph, police said.

State troopers joined the pursuit after the Blazer smashed a toll gate at the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge toll plaza near Perryville, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's office spokesman.

Several shots were fired at police cruisers after the Blazer turned north onto U.S. 222, the sergeant said.

The Blazer made several turns on back roads and was going south on U.S. 222 when Tfc. Julie Burton tried to stop it, using her cruiser as a barricade.

Trooper Burton fired once as the Blazer veered past her cruiser. The Blazer overturned in a field at U.S. 222 and Route 275 near Perryville, police said.

Mr. Deaner was treated for head injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace and released to police custody.

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