Trooper thwarts apparent suicide bid

January 23, 1996|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

A state trooper rescued a 28-year-old Mount Airy man from an apparent suicide attempt yesterday in the detention cell at the Westminster barracks.

About 3 p.m., Tfc. Scott E. Zimmerman found David A. Edson, who was arrested on a domestic assault charge, hanging from the bars in the cell with his socks wrapped around his neck, said Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

Trooper Zimmerman called for assistance, lifted the man down and administered first aid, Captain Shipley said.

Mr. Edson was breathing, and there were no visible signs of injury. Late yesterday afternoon, he was in satisfactory condition at Carroll County General Hospital, said Gill Chamblin, a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said Mr. Edson of the 3700 block of Botler Road in Mount Airy was arrested yesterday morning and charged with assault and battery in an attack on his wife and brother-in-law. After the arrest, he was taken to the Westminster barracks.

Captain Shipley said Mr. Edson's shoes and other property were taken from him before he was placed in the detention cell. It is not standard procedure to take a suspect's socks, he said.

"The troopers followed the appropriate procedures in processing the suspect and placing him in jail," Captain Shipley said.

Police were called to Mr. Edson's home about 10 a.m. yesterday to intervene in a domestic dispute. En route, troopers learned that Mr. Edson had left and was driving a Chevrolet Blazer.

Police spotted the vehicle and followed it until the driver stopped at the Mount Airy Shopping Center and surrendered.

Mr. Edson also was charged with eluding police and reckless driving.

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