State Digest


July 24, 2006

Howard County: Police shooting

Man wounded after 20-minute car chase

Two Howard County police officers shot at and wounded a Frederick man who dragged and attempted to hit one of them with his vehicle yesterday morning in Marriottsville, police said.

Robert Michael Brown, 36, of the 600 block of Windview Way was shot at least once and was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. He was arrested in Ellicott City after a 20-minute car chase.

Police gave this account: An officer responded at 1:30 a.m. to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Alpha Center Drive in Marriottsville. A search of the 2005 Hyundai sport utility vehicle turned up evidence of drugs and the officer tried to arrest the driver. The suspect then got back into his vehicle, and as the officer tried to pull him from the SUV, a struggle ensued. The man accelerated the SUV while holding onto the officer, who was dragged about 50 yards.

Another officer arrived at the scene and fired at the suspect, enabling the arresting officer to free himself. The man then turned around the SUV and drove toward the arresting officer, who fired at him.

Police arrested Brown at Route 99 and Town & Country Boulevard in Ellicott City. The officer was taken to Howard County General hospital for treatment of abrasions and released.

The suspect was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, police spokeswoman Jennifer Reidy said.

The officers' names were not released yesterday.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Cecil County: North East

Fugitive shot by officers after chase

A man wanted in North Carolina on charges including burglary and safecracking was shot and wounded early yesterday by Cecil County sheriff's deputies after he fled from a Maryland Transportation Authority officer who had stopped him near the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, authorities said.

The suspect, Michael Warner, 37, of Washington, N.C., sped off on U.S. 40, and then fled on foot after his vehicle ran over stop-sticks set up by police. A state trooper tracked him to a wooded area, but Warner shouted that he had a gun and the trooper lost sight of him.

About 5:15 a.m., two Cecil deputies spotted Warner. They saw a muzzle flash and heard gunshots and returned fire, police said. Warner, found to be carrying a .38-caliber revolver, was in critical condition at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., police said.

Associated Press

Anne Arundel: Severn River

Crews recover body of accident victim

The body of a 24-year-old Virginia man reported missing Saturday after he was struck by a motorboat while water tubing on the Severn River was recovered yesterday evening, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

Daniel Pemsler of Arlington was aboard a water-skiing tube about 6 p.m. Saturday while being towed by a motorboat near Lakeland Point when he fell off and signaled the boat's operator to pick him up, said Capt. Adrian Baker, the spokesman.

As required, the operator of the boat ran up a flag notifying other boaters that a water-skier was in the water, said Battalion Chief Steve Thompson of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

However, before Pemsler was pulled from the water he was struck by a second motorboat whose driver failed to see him, Baker said. Police and fire rescue units searched for the victim Saturday and again yesterday. Pemsler's body was located about 6 p.m., 100 to 200 feet from where he was struck, Baker said.

Laura McCandlish and Richard Irwin

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