Tow truck driver charged with beating auto renter

February 21, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police arrested a Columbia tow truck driver Wednesday on charges of beating an Odenton man in the head with a board after the man tried to unhook a car from the truck.

Dennis Grant Thomas, 37, of the 9200 block of Pigeonwing Place in Columbia was charged with assault.

Eric Darnell Haskell, 32, of the 400 block of Imperial Square was treated at North Arundel Hospital for a cut to the right side of his head and released.

Haskell told police he was about to return a rental car that was several days overdue about 9 a.m. when he saw a man in front of his house hooking up the blue Ford Taurus to a tow truck.

The tow truck driver, who had been hired by the rental company to pick up the car, already had hooked one side of the car when Haskell ran outside, got into the Taurus and tried to drive away, police said.

When he found he could not pull away, he got out and tried to unhook the car, but the driver grabbed him, police said.

During a struggle, the tow truck driver reached into his truck, grabbed a 4-inch-by-4-inch piece of wood and began hitting Haskell in the head and elbow, police said.

Haskell let go of the man and ran inside to call police, and the driver left with the car in tow, police said.

Officer Clifford Smith spotted the tow truck moments later on southbound Route 3 in Crofton, stopped it and arrested the driver, police said.

The truck and the Taurus were left on the side of Route 3, said police, who did not identify the car rental company.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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