Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

April 10, 2003

Man charged in theft of library truck after police chase

The driver of a stolen Anne Arundel County Public Library box truck was arrested Tuesday after leading dozens of police officers on a chase from Route 214 in Edgewater to a Burger King parking lot on West Street in Annapolis, where he crashed the truck into a tree.

The marked Chevrolet truck, which was stolen over the weekend, was spotted in Edgewater by a library worker about 10 a.m., police said. Officers attempted to stop the truck on Route 214 near Pike Ridge Road, but the driver kept going and turned onto Riva Road, where a female passenger fled the slow-moving vehicle. The woman, who told police the driver forced her out of the truck, was not seriously injured, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

After turning onto eastbound West Street, the driver attempted to turn left into the Burger King and collided with a tree. He fled on foot, but was soon arrested.

Police charged the passenger, Michelle Dawn Pometto, 32, of the 1100 block of Carr's Wharf Road in Edgewater, with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Edward Farrell, 35, of Forest Drive in Centreville, was charged with auto theft, possession of crack cocaine and paraphernalia, second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and other charges.

A stolen motorcycle and an unspecified amount of jewelry were found in the truck, but Ravenell said the investigation is continuing and charges have not been filed for those items.

Woman accused of selling drug prescriptions

Anne Arundel County police arrested a medical assistant in a Glen Burnie physician's office Tuesday after detectives investigating a complaint were able to purchase prescriptions for Oxycontin and Percocet from the woman.

Julie A. Toal, 22, of the 400 block of Quiet Hollow Court in Glen Burnie, was charged with one count each of distributing Oxycontin and Percocet and two counts of distributing prescription drugs.

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