Man arrested in hit-and-run where driver displayed scar

Glen Burnie resident identified by witnesses as motorist who fled scene

May 03, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police believe they have cracked the case of the telltale scar.

A Glen Burnie man was arrested this week in connection with a "show-and-run" car accident March 14, in which a driver displayed a scar from open-heart surgery before fleeing the scene of a collision.

John Joseph Scharon, 48, went to work Monday at a mortgage company office near Baltimore-Washington International Airport to find Eastern District Officer Ross Passman had been waiting for him to return from a trip to Delaware.

Scharon was taken into custody and was being held yesterday on hit-and-run charges at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Police said the collision occurred when a man driving a red Chevrolet Cavalier with stolen tags ran a stop sign at Ferguson Road and Bay Dale Drive in Annapolis and hit a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old woman broadside.

The man got out of his car and asked the woman if she was all right. When she replied that she wasn't sure, he pulled up his shirt and showed her the scar on his chest. Telling her he would call for help, the man got back in his car and sped off on U.S. 50 west -- nearly causing another accident, witnesses told police.

Passman said a report in The Sun about the surgically scarred hit-and-run driver resulted in an anonymous tip that led to the arrest this week. Witnesses -- including the driver whose car was hit -- identified a suspect from a photo lineup, he said.

Scharon, who lives in the 200 block of Woodhill Drive, allegedly went to Delaware after the accident. Passman confirmed that the man had undergone open-heart surgery several months ago.

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