Pasadena man is charged with trying to kill trooper

August 27, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A 35-year-old Pasadena man has been charged with assault with intent to murder a state policeman after a motorist allegedly tried to run down a trooper on southbound Interstate 97 near Crownsville after leading officers on a high-speed chase.

State police issued a warrant yesterday for the arrest of Walter Clay Hickey of the 400 block of Centre Road on charges of first-degree assault on a police officer, assault with intent to murder, fleeing and eluding police, reckless and negligent driving and speeding, all stemming from the chase Tuesday night.

Hickey was undergoing physical and mental evaluations at Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday, said Sgt. Laura Lu Herman, a state police spokeswoman. He may be committed to Crownsville Hospital Center or Clifton T. Perkins hospital for further evaluation, Herman said.

Tfc. Mark Bailey, who was flung onto the hood and windshield of the 1994 Ford Mustang police had been chasing, was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for bumps and bruises and released yesterday, police said.

The chase began at 7: 20 p.m., when Tfc. John Casey stopped a 1994 Mustang for allegedly running a red light at Route 100 and Magothy Bridge Road in Pasadena, police said. As Casey approached the car, the driver sped off.

Casey chased the car through several residential and business districts in Glen Burnie and Millersville, then on southbound I-97 from the Benfield Boulevard ramp, police said. Casey called for help, reporting that the Mustang was reaching more than 100 mph at times, police said.

County police spokeswoman Officer Carol Frye said a woman called them about 15 minutes after the chase began to report that "her brother had been saying during the day that he was going to kill someone that day."

Frye said that message was relayed via radio and telephone to county and state police officers going to Casey's assistance. She said about 18 county police officers joined the chase, at one point setting up a rolling roadblock to try to stop the car.

The car was cornered when it spun out of control on the side of I-97 north of U.S. 50 when the driver tried to avoid a second roadblock, police said.

Bailey stepped out of his car, drew his weapon and ordered the driver of the Mustang to get out of the car, police said. But the driver revved his engine and headed straight for Bailey, hitting him and flipping him onto the hood, police said.

Another trooper rammed the Mustang with his cruiser and stopped it, and officers dragged the driver out of the car, police said. Herman said the driver was so "violent and combative" that police had to handcuff and put leg irons on him and use a county police car with a partition in front of the back seat to take him to the hospital.

"We do not have a partitioning in our cars that separates the prisoners from the troopers, and prisoners are transported in the front seat," Herman said. "He would have destroyed the inside of [a state police] vehicle. [The county police vehicle] was a safer means to transport him for his safety and for our safety."

Herman said a female passenger who owns the Mustang was unharmed and released without charges.

Herman said the investigation is continuing.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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