Man accused of lassoing safe, firing at officers

January 22, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A North East man is accused of shooting at police during a two-county chase after an attempt to tow away a store's safe, authorities said.

Harry George Deaner III, 29, of the first block of Cypress Drive, posted a $100,000 property bond on three counts of attempted murder and handgun charges and was released from the Cecil County Detention Center Wednesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Harford deputies promptly arrested Mr. Deaner on burglary, theft, destruction of property and handgun charges. Deputies said he attempted to steal a convenience store safe in Belcamp.

Mr. Deaner posted a $10,000 corporate bond in Harford and was released Thursday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Harford deputies reported that witnesses saw a man leave a closed High's Store at 4307 Pulaski Highway in Belcamp and drive away in a dark Chevrolet Blazer about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the man had attempted to drag the store's safe through the front door with a chain attached to his vehicle. The safe, which was bolted to the floor, stayed in place, authorities said.

Deputies stopped the Blazer on U.S. 40 about two miles east of the store, but as they approached the vehicle, it sped away.

They said they chased the Blazer at speeds up to 85 mph to Havre de Grace, where it turned northeast on Route 155 and went north on Interstate 95.

Deputies said the Blazer crashed through a toll gate north of the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Cecil County, and state police from the joined the chase.

Authorities said the Blazer's driver fired several gunshots, including one that struck the door of a trooper's patrol cruiser that attempted to block Route 222.

The driver eventually lost control of the Blazer and crashed in a field near U.S. 222 and Route 275.

Police took the driver to Harford Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for head injuries. A 9-mm pistol was recovered from the Blazer, police said.

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