Man charged in assault after car drags officer

February 12, 1997

A West Baltimore man stopped Monday for driving erratically on U.S. 50 near Annapolis was charged with dragging a police officer a short distance after the officer reached into a window to keep the man from leaving, county police said.

Ronald Lee Scott, 22, of the 2000 block of Division St. was charged with first-degree assault, resisting arrest, auto theft, theft of tags, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and several traffic violations. Scott was being held at the county Detention Center on $25,000 bail.

Police said Officer Dennis Howell was eastbound on U.S. 50 in an unmarked car shortly before 9: 30 p.m. when he saw a car swerving and called for uniform officers.

Officers Sonny Pentz, Brian Rimple and Jeff Silverman stopped the car at the Rowe Boulevard exit. When Pentz approached the car, the man tried to drive off, police said.

Pentz reached into the car to stop him, but the man continued to try to pull away, dragging Pentz a short distance, police said. The man eventually stopped and was arrested. Pentz was not injured.

Police said they found a dozen vials of crack cocaine in the car. Officers also determined that the car had been reported stolen Sunday in Baltimore and that the tags had been reported stolen Feb. 5.

Police Log

Edgewater: Someone broke into a home in the 400 block of Contee Wharf Road between 2 p.m. and 11: 30 p.m. Friday and stole a television and a stereo valued at a combined $465.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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