Callers support man arrested after speeding infant to doctor Charges pending as father failed to heed police

July 10, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Calls of support flowed into David R. Lemmon's workplace and home yesterday from people outraged at his arrest for speeding while trying to get his sick infant daughter to a doctor.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their concern over my daughter's health," he said, sounding a bit overwhelmed by all the attention. "She's doing a lot better."

But Lemmon, who lives in the Reisterstown area, will have to wait at least a week to find out whether he will be prosecuted. The court action also will affect administrative charges that he faces within the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Lemmon, a 15-year veteran of the department, was arrested Monday morning and charged with fleeing and eluding police, speeding and resisting arrest after he failed to stop when a county officer tried to flag him down on Glyndon Drive near Reisterstown.

According to the police report, Lemmon was clocked driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, ignored the officer's lights and siren, and refused to cooperate when asked for his license and registration.

Lemmon said he did not stop because he was concerned with getting 9-month-old Ashley to the doctor's office. She had a high fever and was vomiting, he said.

Sgt. Kevin Novak, a county police spokesman, said an officer had been placed on radar enforcement at Glyndon Drive and Naso Road after officials received calls from residents about speeders.

Novak said police have "received at least three calls of complaints of speeding on [Glyndon Drive], and when that happens a patrol officer with radar experience is sometimes assigned to do enforcement in the area."

Some residents agreed with the police action and criticized Lemmon for driving too quickly through the residential area.

Deputy State's Attorney Howard Merker said his office had not received the police report about the incident. The decision on whether or not to prosecute Lemmon would be made after the report is reviewed, he said.

"I will have to look at the facts as reflected on the report and make a determination," Merker said.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said that as a formality, administrative charges will be placed against Lemmon. Punishment, if any, will be determined by a department trial board, Torres said.

"The circumstance will certainly be considered," Torres said. "I'm sure that . . the departmental case will hinge on what the court decides."

Keith Carpenter, who lives near Glyndon Drive, said he hopes officials are lenient.

"I'm not saying he shouldn't be penalized, but I think the police stepped over the line," Carpenter said.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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