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Middletown, Md., man faces traffic charges

March 14, 2011

A Middletown, Md., man has been charged with backing his Ford F-250 pickup truck over the hood of a police car near downtown Frederick early Sunday and with ramming a Volkswagen Cabriolet into a utility pole.

Brian Christopher Head, 26, of 4502 Deer Springs Road in Middletown, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, reckless driving, driving under the influence and other offenses, police said.

Sgt. Matthew Burns was patrolling in an unmarked police car at about 3:09 a.m. Sunday when he spotted the pickup truck, which allegedly was being driven recklessly and at a high rate of speed near South Bentz and West Patrick streets, the press release said.

Burns caught up with the pickup truck at the intersection of South Bentz and West South streets, where he saw it had been involved in a collision with a Volkswagen, the release said.

As Burns came to a stop in the intersection, the truck backed up rapidly and into and over the front hood of Burns' patrol car, coming to a stop on top of the cruiser, the release said.

Head was taken into custody, police said.

"It is not believed that the driver of the Ford was aware that Sgt. Burns had arrived on the scene nor that he intentionally struck the police vehicle," the release said.

Interviews with witnesses revealed Head had been involved in a dispute with the occupants of the Volkswagen in the parking lot of a local bar, the release alleged.

Police said in a press release that an investigation revealed Head "was alleged to have intentionally rammed the VW from behind and pushed it across West South St. and into a utility pole on the southeast corner of the intersection with S. Bentz."

The driver and a passenger of the Volkswagen were evaluated at the scene by Emergency Medical Services for possible injury, but refused transport to Frederick Memorial Hospital, the release said.

Burns was taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital emergency department, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Head was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, but was released after paying a $10,000 bond, the press release said.

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