Officer in the wrong in car stop, court says

February 09, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore County police officer who tried to stop a car that later crashed into a taxi, killing one person and injuring two, exceeded his authority by trying to enforce motor vehicle laws outside his jurisdiction, Maryland's highest court has ruled.

The Maryland Court of Appeals said yesterday that Officer James Boston acted improperly five years ago when he tried to stop the car in Southwest Baltimore after it ran a red light.

Boston argued that he was justified in pursuing the vehicle Feb. 25, 1995, because the driver was operating the car erratically and posing a danger to the public.

Boston pursued the car for several minutes, nearly colliding with a city police car. Baltimore County police officials suspended Boston for five days for the incident. He remains a member of the county Police Department.

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