Man injured in police chase receives a suspended sentence

March 08, 1996

A Baltimore man seriously injured in a December 1994 high-speed chase with police received a suspended sentence yesterday after being convicted of 10 counts of second-degree burglary.

Ronald Earl Hartling, 33, now at Harbor Inn Convalescence Hospital, agreed to allow a prosecutor's statement of facts as the only evidence against him in the trial yesterday.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against him, which stemmed from a theft spree in November and December 1994. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. gave Mr. Hartling 15-year concurrent terms for each of the 10 counts, then suspended the sentence.

Prosecutors said yesterday that Mr. Hartling, who uses a walker and cannot remember anything about the burglaries, broke into five Route 30 businesses during that time and stole cartons of cigarettes. According to prosecutors, he broke into some stores several times.

Mr. Hartling, whose fingerprints and footprints were found by police at the crime scenes, had been selling the cigarettes in Baltimore, prosecutors said. He was arrested Dec. 29, 1994, after a seven-mile chase at speeds of more than 100 mph. After repeatedly ramming a police car, Mr. Hartling lost control of his vehicle and was thrown from the car near Deep Run Road in Melrose, prosecutors said.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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