State trooper is injured in traffic stop in Pikesville

October 28, 2004

A 26-year-old state trooper was injured yesterday during a traffic stop in Pikesville when a man he had been trying to arrest drove off while he was standing on the running board and hanging onto the vehicle, police said.

Trooper Brett A. Canfield, a three-year state police veteran, fell from the vehicle near Radio Tower Road, police said. His face, arms and legs were cut and bruised in the fall, police said, and he was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was being treated yesterday for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they later arrested the driver of the 2003 Lincoln Navigator, which turned out to be stolen from an Owings Mills car dealership, police said. He was identified as Jamal Scruggs, 23, of the 9200 block of Owings Mills Drive in Owings Mills. Scruggs was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, auto theft, fleeing and eluding police and several other charges, police said.

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