Man sentenced for battery on officer

November 21, 1996


Staff Writer

Donald Edward Rowe Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for battery after being convicted for a June incident of wrestling with a police officer and attempting to get his gun.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France also levied a six-year concurrent sentence for resisting arrest, two concurrent years for possession of cocaine, and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rowe, 30, of Hagerstown, was given credit for 146 days he has served while awaiting sentencing following his late August trial.


At that trial, co-defendant Tammie Louise Aufdem-Brinke, 28, also of Hagerstown, was given no fine for possession of drug paraphernalia, but was credit for 62 days served.

Officer Shawn Schultz testified he was in the 400 block of Park Place June 26 at 9:26 a.m. when he saw Rowe and Aufdem-Brinke go by in a truck with Rowe at the wheel.

Schultz was alone on patrol when he pulled over beside the truck and asked Rowe why he was driving on a revoked license.

Rowe testified at his trial that he told Schultz he wasn't driving.

Schultz said he had asked Rowe to step out of a truck and submit to a search, when Rowe took his hands out of his pockets and threw a pipe of the type used to smoke crack cocaine inside the truck.

Rowe tried to flee, Schultz said, and the officer grabbed him from behind. A scuffle ensued, during which Schultz was bitten on the upper right arm by Rowe, who also tried to get his gun, the officer said.

Schultz said he couldn't call for backup because his radio had been knocked to the ground during the scuffle.

Members of the public assisted Schultz until three cruisers came to his aid. Afterward, the officer was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated for the bite.

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