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Hagerstown man charged with assault, DUI, DWI, and numerous other offenses

Edward Lewis Bryan allegedly brandished a knife at another man Sunday night

February 22, 2011

A Hagerstown man was charged with second-degree assault after allegedly brandishing a knife at another man Sunday night.

Edward Lewis Bryan, 56, of 805 Maryland Ave., was also charged by Hagerstown police with reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving while impaired, driving on the median strip of a divided highway and failure to stop following an unattended property accident, according to the statement of probable cause.

Police were called to the 800 block of Virginia Avenue, at 8:07 p.m. for a report of a vehicle hitting other vehicles, charging documents said. When an officer arrived, he spotted a Chrysler van driving over the median, the documents said.

The driver of the van initially did not pull over, but was stopped at the intersection of West Howard and Pine streets, the documents said.

Bryan told police he had been at the Dead End Tavern, 851 Virginia Ave., documents said. Owner Keith Martin told police he tried to prevent Bryan from driving because he was too intoxicated, the documents said.

Bryan had a pocket knife in his hand and demanded his keys, the documents said. Bryan also allegedly brandished the knife at another man, Scott Bartles, the documents said.

 Martin and Bartles were able to wrest the knife from Bryan, the documents said.

Bartles and Martin told police they witnessed Bryan hit two vehicles as he drove away, the documents said.

Bryan posted $5,000 bail and is scheduled for a District Court hearing on May 19, according to court records.

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