Po­lice: Man in­ten­tion­ally caused Elk­ton-area crash

Led po­lice on car chase

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A man re­mained jailed Sun­day after in­ves­ti­ga­tors filed nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal charges against him – al­leg­ing that he de­lib­er­ately crashed his car into a road con­struc­tion truck in an Elk­ton-area in­ter­sec­tion last month amid a pro­tracted po­lice chase, ac­cord­ing to Cecil County Dis­trict Court records.

The al­leged

ELK­TON

in­ten­tional crash at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 279 and Blue Ball Road oc­curred about 3 p.m. on June 28 and sent five peo­ple to the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing the sus­pect, Dar­ryl Stephon Porter, 25, of Ne­wark, N.J., po­lice re­ported.

A Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter flew one of the vic­tims to Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Shock Trauma Unit in Bal­ti­more, while am­bu­lances trans­ported Porter and the other three in­jured peo­ple to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in Delaware, po­lice said, adding that all of have since been dis­charged.

Po­lice cap­tured Porter near the crash scene, mo­ments after he al­legedly es­caped from his man­gled Toy­ota Acura and then ran away, ac­cord­ing to court records, which in­di­cate that Porter cut his hands when he “broke out the glass to flee” from his wrecked car be­fore run­ning.

Troop­ers hand­cuffed Porter, whose hands were wrapped in white ban­dages after re­ceiv­ing ini­tial med­i­cal treat­ment, and then es­corted him to a gur­ney, which emer­gency work­ers

used to wheel him to a nearby am­bu­lance.

Porter now faces four first-de­gree as­sault charges — one re­lat­ing to each worker in­jured on that con­struc­tion truck – in ad­di­tion to dis­or­derly con­duct and fail­ure to obey a law­ful or­der, ac­cord­ing to court records re­leased late Thurs­day.

Sched­uled for an Aug. 8 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, Porter re­mained in the Cecil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $100,000 bond on Sun­day.

The in­ci­dent started about 2:30 p.m. on June 28 when MSP Sgt. C. M. Con­nor stopped Porter in the north­bound lane of In­ter­state 95 near North East for speed­ing – 76 mph in a 65 mph zone – unsafe lane change and fol­low­ing too closely, po­lice said.

As Con­nor walked from his cruiser to Porter’s car, after both drivers had pulled over onto the north­bound shoul­der, Porter sped away and con­tin­ued north, prompt­ing Con­nor to get back in his pa­trol car and pur­sue him.

The north­bound chase had cov­ered about eight miles when Porter turned onto the Elk­ton exit and headed south on Route 279, be­fore mak­ing “an abrupt left turn” onto North Bridge Street and then a sim­i­lar right turn onto Elk­ton Boule­vard ( Route 545), ac­cord­ing to court records. Elk­ton Boule­vard runs by the Cecil County Pub­lic Schools multi- pur­pose cen­ter and Terumo Med­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Sev­eral sec­onds later, the crash oc­curred near the Blue Ball Road side of the Route 279 in­ter­sec­tion.

“The sus­pect con­tin­ued un­til he ran the steady traf­fic sig­nal at Elk­ton-Ne­wark Road (Md. 279) and in­ten­tion­ally col­lided with an Al­lan My­ers Con­struc­tion Com­pany Freight­liner truck in the process of clean­ing up a con­struc­tion scene,” Con­nor wrote in his state­ment of prob­a­ble cause.

Con­nor, who es­ti­mated in court records that he couldn’t get any closer to the sus­pect ve­hi­cle than three-tenths of a mile, re­ported that the driver, a front-seat pas­sen­ger and two men rid­ing on the “stake body bed” of that truck were in­jured.

The truck rolled onto its driver’s side, pin­ning the Acura against a guardrail, po­lice said. The two men rid­ing on the back were “ejected and struck by signs and other equip­ment which was pro­pelled from the truck,” po­lice added.

Porter fled from the scene, but troop­ers cap­tured him a short dis­tance away, po­lice re­ported.

“Dur­ing his ar­rest, the sus­pect, Porter, caused a scene and was yelling and curs­ing at troop­ers, res­cue per­son­nel and by­standers. He was re­peat­edly told to calm down. Porter later made ut­ter­ances that he has run from law en­force­ment on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and was never truly pur­sued,” court records al­lege.

As of Sun­day, in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing why Porter al­legedly fled from po­lice dur­ing the traf­fic stop was un­avail­able.

CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

A Mary­land State Po­lice trooper es­corts the hand­cuffed sus­pect, Dar­ryl Stephon Porter, 25, of Ne­wark, N.J., after the June 28 crash near Elk­ton.

CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Po­lice and emer­gency work­ers pre­pare to wheel the in­jured sus­pect, Dar­ryl Stephon Porter, 25, to a nearby am­bu­lance after the June 28 crash near Elk­ton.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

A road crew worker ex­am­ines the man­gled truck and car.

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