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Man pleads guilty to running into police officer with his car

March 19, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

A Gaithersburg, Md. man pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday to driving a car into a police officer in September and then leading police on a chase, according to court documents.

Famonte Lamont Green, of 32 Cottonwood Court in Gaithersburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and fleeing and eluding in connection with the Sept. 30 incident.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Green to four years in prison for the combined convictions, but suspended the sentences and ordered Green to serve three years of unsupervised probation, according to court documents.

Boone told Green not to return to Washington County, according to court documents. He was ordered to pay a $215 fine and $285 in court costs, documents state.

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Hagerstown Police Department Officer A.M. Lewis was struck by a car while he was standing in the parking lot of Barracuda Surf Bar along with other officers providing security on Sept. 30 at about 1:55 a.m., according to charging documents.

Barracuda Surf Bar lost its liquor license Oct. 5 because of a pattern of disturbances at the night club and several fire code violations, according to published reports.

Lewis saw Green drive a 1992 Pontiac over a curb in the parking lot and walked around the front of the car to confront him, documents state. Lewis ordered Green to turn the car off, but Green drove forward, striking Lewis in the hand and arm as the officer jumped out of the way, charging documents state.

Green accelerated and sped east on Dual Highway and then east onto Interstate 70 before crashing on the ramp into a tree, according to charging documents.

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