Judge denies bail for Frederick man

July 27, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS | MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER

A Howard County judge denied bail to a Frederick man accused of dragging a police officer 250 feet with a sport utility vehicle and then, after being shot by police, trying to run over an officer, according to court records and Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for the Howard County state's attorney's office.

The incident began about 1 a.m. Sunday when Pfc. Dan Besseck of the Howard County Police tried to arrest a male driver for having what appeared to be a crack pipe in his 2005 Hyundai SUV.

But the subject started to drive away with Besseck hanging out of the door, his feet dragging on the pavement, police said.

The car stopped and, as the two men wrestled for control of the vehicle, Officer Thomas Trodden fired his handgun from the passenger side, hitting the driver in the head, according to court records.

The driver slumped forward briefly, but then drove away on Alpha Center Drive in Marriottsville as Trodden was checking on Besseck.

Police chased the Hyundai several miles before stopping it at a convenience store on Rogers Avenue.

Arrested was Robert Michael Brown, 36, of the 600 block of Windview Way, who has had numerous traffic-related encounters with authorities in Howard and Frederick counties, according to online court records.

Brown, who is in the Howard County Detention Center, faces multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder.

melissa.harris@baltsun.com

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