City worker accused of stealing cab

April 10, 2008|By John Fritze | John Fritze,Sun reporter

A Baltimore City housing employee was arrested in Annapolis early Tuesday - hours after the legislative session ended - and accused of stealing a taxicab and driving it through a parking lot gate, police and city officials said yesterday.

Peter Marcus Dolkart, 36, a special assistant for legislation in Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development, was charged with auto theft and a hit and run. There were no injuries.

A spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration said it is too early to determine whether Dolkart will keep his job.

"His supervisors and the housing commissioner were made aware of the incident immediately," said the spokesman, Sterling Clifford. "These are obviously pretty serious things that he was accused of, and there will be some internal consequences."

Annapolis police said a woman hailed a cab for Dolkart on State Circle and asked the driver to take him to a hotel in the 100 block of West St. Dolkart, who according to the police report, appeared to be intoxicated, could not get out of the cab. The driver left the vehicle running as he sought help from the hotel's security staff.

Police said Dolkart moved into the driver's seat and took off, hitting the hotel's parking lot gate. Later, Dolkart waved down a police officer and asked for a ride back to the hotel.

The officer brought him to the hotel, where he was identified by the cab driver. The cab was located in the unit block of Steele Avenue.

Dolkart was released Tuesday from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after posting a $25,000 bond.

john.fritze@baltsun.com

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