Me­chan­icsville man leads po­lice chase through St. Mary’s, Charles coun­ties

Maryland Independent - - News - By JESSE YEATMAN jyeat­man@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JesseEn­tNews

A multi-agency po­lice re­sponse re­sulted in a Me­chan­icsville man be­ing charged Thurs­day with as­sault, de­struc­tion of prop­erty and mo­tor ve­hi­cle ci­ta­tions.

St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputies re­sponded to a com­plaint of a car driv­ing in cir­cles in the Leonard­town Food Lion park­ing lot on May 5 just be­fore mid­night. Deputy Ball at­tempted to con­duct a ve­hi­cle stop and the ve­hi­cle fled, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the sher­iff’s of­fice.

The op­er­a­tor of the ve­hi­cle, later iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Leonard Wade Zim­mer­man, 28, of Me­chan­icsville, ex­ited the park­ing lot, com­mit­ting sev­eral traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Zim­mer­man con­tin­ued elud­ing po­lice by trav­el­ing south on Route 5, turn­ing onto Fair­grounds Road, and then back to Route 4, where his ve­hi­cle left the road­way and drove through a field, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The driver con­tin­ued south on Route 4 be­fore turn­ing onto north­bound Route 5 and then onto Route 234, con­tin­u­ing to­ward Charles County.

With the as­sis­tance of deputies from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, an at­tempt to stop the ve­hi­cle was ini­ti­ated us­ing a rolling road­block. Zim­mer­man con­tin­ued at­tempt­ing to elude the deputies, nearly strik­ing a Charles County deputy, ac­cord­ing to the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Cpl. G. Knott of the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice suc­cess­fully used his pa­trol car to end the pur­suit, us­ing a sec­ond rolling road­block ma­neu­ver.

Zim­mer­man re­fused to exit the ve­hi­cle af­ter be­ing stopped, ac­cord­ing to the St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice, and fol­low­ing a short strug­gle, he was ex­tracted from the ve­hi­cle and trans­ported to MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal, where a blood al­co­hol test was ad­min­is­tered be­fore he was taken to the St. Mary’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Zim­mer­man was charged with two counts of sec­ond de­gree as­sault, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty and is­sued mul­ti­ple mo­tor ve­hi­cle traf­fic vi­o­la­tion ci­ta­tions.

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