Man seized after fleeing arrest

August 23, 2008|By Julie Scharper

A Pasadena man was arrested after escaping from an Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputy by wriggling out of his shirt, authorities said yesterday.

Thomas William Byrne IV was driving in the 1400 block of Woodland Beach Road in Pasadena about 5 p.m. Thursday when he was spotted by Deputy Lawrence Davis who knew that Byrne was wanted on an arrest warrant in a second-degree assault, Capt. Ed Smith said.

Davis stopped the car, told Byrne, 19, that he was under arrest and tried to handcuff him. Byrne elbowed Davis, breaking his glasses and cutting him, Smith said. As the two struggled, Davis grabbed Byrne's T-shirt, but the suspect slipped out of it and fled, Smith said.

An officer with a police dog found Byrne hiding in a wooded area about a block away, Smith said.

Byrne, of the 1400 block of Tar Point Road, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault to a law enforcement officer, second-degree escape, failure to obey a police officer's lawful order, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest, in addition to the original second-degree assault warrant, Smith said.

Byrne was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bail.

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