Essex man, 18, faces charges in shots fired on Beltway


An 18-year-old Essex man is facing more than a dozen charges after being arrested in connection with an apparent road-rage incident Thursday night on the Baltimore Beltway, authorities said yesterday.

David K. Emerson, of the 900 block of Arncliffe Road, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer about 10:30 p.m. near his home when he and his passenger became involved in a shouting match with the driver and four passengers in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, Maryland State Police said.

The Blazer followed the Jeep onto the outer loop of the Beltway near Route 702, and shots were fired from the Blazer at the Jeep, police said. The Jeep tried to speed away, but shots continued, police said.

Police said they later learned that the shots were fired from a pellet gun, causing small cracks in the rear window of the Jeep. No one was injured during the incident, police said.

The Jeep exited onto northbound Harford Road, and the Blazer continued on the Beltway, police said. Troopers later found the Blazer at Emerson's home, but he was not there at the time, police said, adding that he turned himself in about 1:30 a.m. Police said Emerson has been charged with five counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and one count of malicious destruction of property.

Emerson was released after posting $10,000 bond. State police said they are continuing their investigation.

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