Man, 24, accused of assaulting policeman

Officer almost run over by pickup at gas station

May 23, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old Westminster man has been charged with trying to run his pickup truck over a Westminster police lieutenant after a domestic dispute, authorities said.

Robert Theodore Bosley of the 2900 block of Nicodemus Road was charged with first- and second-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated and while impaired, and related traffic offenses, Westminster police said. Bail was set at $75,000 by a Carroll District Court commissioner, and Bosley remained last night at Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster, authorities said.

The incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday when Lt. Patrick Bassler and Officer David Davidson were filling their cars with gasoline at Southern States Cooperative Inc.-Carroll Petroleum Service in the 100 block of John St., police said. The officers heard tires squealing and saw a 1999 Ford 150 pickup truck - with smoke coming from the tires - headed south on Carroll Street.

The truck stopped, began spinning its tires in reverse, then turned into the parking lot between John and Carroll streets, where Bassler was standing and trying to flag down the driver, police said. The lieutenant jumped out of the path of the truck, which passed within a foot of him and then turned onto John Street.

Davidson got into his marked car and stopped the truck nearby at John and Winters streets, according to police. A plastic bag of small wire mesh screens, such as would fit a pipe, was found in the vehicle.

A skid mark was measured at 193 feet on Carroll Street, where a witness estimated the truck was traveling about 90 mph when its wheels locked, according to police. A second skid mark measured 118 feet on the parking lot where Bassler had been standing, police said.

Bosley said he had been in a domestic dispute just before his arrest, according to police.

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