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