Judge refuses to reduce city teen's bail in chase


A Baltimore youth charged with ramming a state trooper's car and other offenses during a high-speed chase early Monday must abstain from drugs and alcohol, if he is able to post bail and live with a grandmother in Pennsylvania, a Carroll District Court judge said yesterday.

Leonard B. Rhoton IV, 17, of the 1200 block of Union Ave. has one city curfew violation on his record, and needs to be free to see his daughter and continue paying child support, Assistant Public Defender Robert Frank said at a bail hearing yesterday. He also said the police account of events during the 14-mile chase is in dispute.

Rhoton, wearing the orange jumpsuit of the Detention Center, was polite but said little. He is charged with 29 offenses, including 24 traffic violations.

Assistant State's Attorney Kelley Galvin said the charges indicate Rhoton might flee before trial. After his car's speed was tagged at 92 mph by a radar unit south of Westminster, it reached speeds above 120 mph, leading three troopers in a chase toward the Pennsylvania line, where the car rammed the cruiser of one trooper, who was not injured, Galvin said.

Judge Marc G. Rasinsky kept bail at $50,000, but said Rhoton may post 10 percent with the court, in addition to abiding by other conditions that included drug and alcohol abstention.

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