Charges filed in Pimlico track incident

Harford County man released on $2,500 bail

May 17, 1999|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A Harford County man accused of walking onto the track at Pimlico Race Course and standing in front of eight thundering thoroughbreds Saturday was charged with assault and other counts yesterday, city police said.

Lee Chang Ferrell, 22, of the 100 block of Waldon Road in Abingdon was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, trespassing, two counts of resisting arrest and an alcohol-related offense, said Barbara Miner, supervisor of records Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center.

Ferrell was released on $2,500 bail about 10 p.m. yesterday, said a spokeswoman at Central Booking.

Ferrell was taken to Central Booking early yesterday after a psychiatric evaluation at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Police reports were unavailable yesterday, and Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said she did not have a detailed explanation of the charges.

Police said a man left the infield, climbed a chain-link fence and walked onto the track about 2: 55 p.m. during the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap, the seventh of 12 races Saturday. As the horses raced down the homestretch, he positioned himself in Artax's path, police said.

The horse's jockey, Jorge Chavez, veered around him. As they passed, the man threw a right-handed punch, missing the horse and grazing the jockey's right leg, Chavez said.

Chavez steered inward, colliding with Purple Passion, and other horses altered their course. Though Chavez was shaken, no horses or jockeys were injured.

Ferrell was taken into custody minutes later and was taken to Sinai for a psychiatric evaluation, police said. Amy Mickolite, a hospital spokeswoman, declined to comment.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 5/17/99

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