Man pleads guilty to assault in ramming 2 cars on I-95

December 11, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 27-year-old Prince George's County man who rammed two cars on Interstate 95 in Howard County after asking his girlfriend if she was "ready to die" pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of misdemeanor assault.

Lonnie Jerome Gaines entered guilty pleas to the two charges, which list the drivers of the two cars as victims, as part of an agreement that will limit his jail exposure to 18 months.

Sentencing by Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney is set for Feb. 26.

Gaines was driving north on Interstate 95, just past the Prince George's County line, on May 27 when he turned to his girlfriend, April Dieng, made the statement and accelerated his Kia Spectra to 100 mph, prosecutors said.

Gaines, of the 3300 block of Accolade Drive in Clinton, slammed into the back of a Honda Civic, according to a statement of the case read in court. Dieng jumped from the Kia before Gaines rammed a Chevrolet van, prosecutors said.

After hitting the van, Gaines lost control of the Kia and hit a tree, prosecutors said.

Gaines appeared dazed when a trooper talked to him later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and had no memory of what he had done, prosecutors said.

Gaines' father told investigators that his son used PCP, a hallucinogenic drug that has been linked to violent behavior, and Dieng said she believed he might have been high on the drug, prosecutors said.

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