Man charged with hitting officer

November 30, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown Police Department officer said a man grabbed his duty weapon and struck him in the face following a pursuit in the city Friday night, according to court records.

Jeremy Wayne Peel, 28, of 12638 Beck Road, is facing 20 charges, including second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and negligent driving, according to Washington County District Court records.

Peel was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $175,000 bond.

Hagerstown Police Officer Travis Crouse said he and other members of the department's street crimes unit were patrolling in the Western Maryland Parkway area at 11:42 p.m. Friday when they noticed a man pulling a woman into a truck.

The man drove away at a high rate of speed, and Crouse and Detective Michael Kovac attempted to stop his pickup truck at Washington Avenue and Nottingham Road, Crouse said in a criminal complaint.


The driver continued through the city at a high rate of speed, running several stop signs and red lights, Crouse said.

On View Street, the pickup turned onto an alley and into a yard, Crouse said. The truck stopped at a railroad property and the driver ran on some railroad tracks, Crouse said.

Crouse and Kovac pursued the man, and as Crouse got closer to the suspect, the man turned and put up his hands in a fighting stance, the complaint said.

Crouse said the man came at him, and he felt the man grab his weapon. Crouse then struck the man in the head with the weapon to prevent him from taking it.

Crouse said the man struck him in the face with his fist and after the man saw Kovac coming toward him, he ran down the railroad tracks. The man was apprehended after fighting with at least two officers, Crouse said.

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