Arundel driver accused of trying to run down police officer

December 07, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

A 46-year-old West River man was charged with attempted second-degree murder after Annapolis police said he nearly ran down an officer on bicycle patrol.

Annapolis police said that about 3:15 p.m. Thursday, two officers went over to a car parked near Larkin Street and Lafayette Avenue, with the officer on the bicycle stopping in front of the car. The car had a driver and one passenger, police said. Police said the other officer tapped on the driver's side window, and when the driver looked up and saw him, he said, "oh, [expletive]," and started to drive away.

The officer on the bicycle raised his hand and told the driver to stop, but the vehicle accelerated toward the officer, according to police. The officer swerved out of the way, police said. The vehicle was stopped after a brief chase, and the passenger was gone, police said. Police charged John Kevin Kilroy with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault.

Kilroy has pending assault, theft and traffic charges from this summer, and several prior convictions.

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