Pa. fugitive is charged with attempted murder Man accused of ramming police car during chase

November 13, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A fugitive from Pennsylvania accused of ramming a police car during a 14-mile chase from Manchester to Westminster was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail on attempted-murder charges yesterday, state police said.

Kenneth R. Smith III, 37, of Reading, Pa., was arrested and charged on 14 criminal counts, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, assault, resisting arrest, attempting to flee and elude police and possession of marijuana. He also received citations for multiple traffic violations.

In charging documents, Tfc. Christopher Cole said he was looking for a burglary suspect when he drove into a Park & Ride on Route 27 in Manchester at 9: 10 p.m. Wednesday. He said he saw a man sitting in a gold 1983 Oldsmobile.

Cole said the car sped away as he approached, and he began pursuit south on Route 27. The Oldsmobile reached speeds of more than 90 mph, passing vehicles on the shoulder, crossing the center line and running red lights as it continued toward Westminster, he said.

Tfc. Jamie Green and Trooper Mark Rauser Cole joined the pTC chase. They pursued the Oldsmobile on Railroad Avenue and Liberty Street in downtown Westminster before continuing south Ridge Road, also known as Route 27.

South of Warfieldsburg, the troopers tried a rolling roadblock to stop the Oldsmobile, Cole said. He said the Oldsmobile rammed his cruiser and tried to ram Green's cruiser.

Cole said commanding officers at the Westminster barracks ordered the troopers "to take out the [fleeing] vehicle."

Cole was trying to force the Oldsmobile off the road north of Dennings Road when it went out of control, crossed the road and overturned down an embankment.

The driver got out of the Oldsmobile and ran through a field before troopers caught and subdued him after a brief struggle, Cole said.

The suspect was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, police said.

No one else was injured, police said.

The suspect was taken to Westminster barracks, and troopers learned he was wanted in Pennsylvania on burglary charges.

Items recovered from the Oldsmobile included jewelry, compact discs, tapes, clothing, pantyhose, gloves, two wigs and a ski mask, Cole said.

The investigation is continuing and Pennsylvania police will be consulted about charges there, state police in Westminster said.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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