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Man accused of driving stolen tractor held on bond

March 16, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France II set bond at $100,000 during a hearing Monday for a man charged with leading police on a chase involving a tractor and trying to run over officers Friday, court records say.

Roberto A. Arellano, 40, of Lititz, Pa., was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of fourth-degree burglary, attempted unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, attempted theft more than $500, attempted theft less than $500 and attempt by driver to elude police in official police vehicle by failing to stop.

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to 12191 Waltz Road in Smithsburg Friday at 5:10 p.m., after it was reported that a man burglarized a farm's outbuilding, records say. Police alleged the man stole a farm tractor, drove toward officers and drove through fields and railroad tracks and rammed police cruisers.

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Deputies alleged the man drove directly toward Deputy Tracey Peyton and the police cruiser of Smithsburg Police Officer Michael Neuland.

Sheriff's deputies said officers stopped the tractor by shooting out its tires.

Arellano was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Monday evening, a detention center spokesman said.

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