Towson man found guilty of drunken driving

December 19, 1997

A Towson man, who police say threatened to kill them and had to be subdued with a chemical spray after being arrested in Hampstead on a charge of drunken driving in June, was found guilty of drunken driving in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.

Michael J. Serocky, 37, of the 6900 block Charles Ridge Road pleaded not guilty, but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened June 4.

Charges of concealing a deadly weapon -- a mini baseball bat -- and other traffic violations were dropped.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said Serocky's blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent, well above the state's .10 percent standard to be considered intoxicated.

Court and police records indicate that police had warned Serocky, who had gotten into his car in a driveway in Hampstead, not to drive because of his condition.

Chief Ken Meekins of Hampstead drove Serocky to a pay telephone at a nearby shopping center so that he could arrange for a ride.

HTC A short time later, Tfc. Christopher Cole of the Maryland State Police saw a man driving Serocky's car, stopped the vehicle on North Woods Trail at Boxwood Drive and discovered Serocky was the driver.

Cole reported that Serocky became extremely belligerent and orally abusive and threatened him in the trooper's patrol car.

Cole said he sprayed Serocky after the prisoner pushed Cpl. Ronald W. Riggin at the Westminster barracks.

Charges of assault and resisting arrest were placed on the court's inactive docket.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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