Man who hit friend with car gets time-served sentence

March 26, 1998

A Hampstead man who drove his car into a friend who was trying to calm him down last summer during a drunken dispute was given a sentence yesterday of 101 days in jail, the time he has served.

Michael O. Mehaffie, 26, was sentenced to four years in prison with all but 101 days suspended. He had pleaded not guilty in February, but did not contest the statement of facts against him on charges of first- and second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. ordered Mehaffie to complete alcohol counseling, to pay a fine of $150 on the traffic count and $50 to the state's attorney's substance-abuse fund and placed him on three years' probation.

Beck said the details of the incident "probably were the most stupid set of facts I've ever heard."

Prosecutors said Mehaffie became angry when a woman he met in a bar refused to ride home with him after he drove her to the home of a friend, Sean E. Seets, in a Hampstead mobile home park about 2 a.m. Aug. 18.

Seets and his roommate, Robert M. Vicera, tried to calm Mehaffie, but he drove his car at Seets, striking him and flipping him into the air. Seets was not seriously injured.

Vicera and Mehaffie's brother Eric dived for cover to avoid injury, court records said.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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