Driver accused of intentionally hitting Balto. County officer

April 25, 2002|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

A White Marsh man alleged to have intentionally run his car into a Baltimore County police officer yesterday on the shoulder of Interstate 95 was arrested after a chase and charged with attempted murder, authorities said.

Officer Charles Horr, who was struck, was treated for a leg injury at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

The incident began at 7:40 a.m. when police were called to a disturbance at a home in the 4400 block of Silver Teal Road in White Marsh, according to Cpl. Ron Brooks, a county police spokesman.

The homeowner, whom police would not identify because she is a witness in the case, had complained that her adult son was pacing outside her house, Brooks said. The woman had obtained a peace order - a type of protective order - against her son, but it had expired.

When officers arrived, the man drove off, heading east on Route 43 toward I-95, police said.

Horr followed the man onto I-95 and stopped the man's car about a mile south of Route 43. The man struck Horr with his car, hit Horr's cruiser and continued driving south on I-95, Brooks said.

Police said the motorist got off the highway and police tried unsuccessfully to stop him at Belair Road near Rossville Boulevard. Officers then began a "low-speed" pursuit involving several cruisers that continued on the Beltway's outer loop, police said.

The motorist was stopped and arrested on the Beltway, near the Loch Raven Boulevard exit, Brooks said.

Police charged Victor M. Piechocki, 27, of the Silver Teal address with attempted murder last night. He was being held without bail at the White Marsh Precinct pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

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