Driver intentionally struck officer, Balto. Co. police say

Man arrested after chase that stopped traffic

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

A motorist was arrested yesterday after he intentionally hit a Baltimore County police officer with his car on the shoulder of Interstate 95, then led police on a chase that ended near Loch Raven Boulevard, authorities said.

Charles Horr, the injured officer, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for a leg injury and released.

The incident began at 7:40 a.m. yesterday 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 at the house, 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 1-95, Brooks said.

Police said the motorist got off the highway and police tried unsuccessfully to stop him at Belair Road near Rossville Boulevard. Police then began a "low-speed" pursuit involving several police cars that continued on the outer loop of Interstate 695, according to police.

The motorist was stopped and arrested on 1-695 near the Loch Raven Boulevard exit at 7:53 a.m., Brooks said.

Police declined to release the suspect's name yesterday because he had not been charged.

Morning rush-hour traffic was briefly stopped on I-95 and I-695 so that the officer could receive medical help and the suspect could be arrested, Brooks said.

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