Hagerstown man charged with attempted second-degree murder

September 25, 2011
  • Brian Sweeney
Brian Sweeney

A Hagerstown man was charged with attempted second-degree murder after another man was allegedly struck intentionally with a vehicle Sunday morning in Hagerstown’s West End, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The man who was hit with the vehicle, Michael Rideout, was taken to Meritus Medical Center, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. A hospital spokeswoman could not provide his condition.

Brian Sweeney, 43, of 820 Lanvale St., was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, driving under the influence, driving impaired, failure to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, and other traffic offenses, authorities said.

Sweeney was being held Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Around 1:40 a.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to the 1200 block of West Washington Street for a report of a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian, police said. That area is near Merrbaugh Drive.

After receiving information about the suspect’s possible whereabouts, deputies and officers from the Hagerstown Police Department went to Sweeney’s home, police said.

Police said eyewitnesses described the vehicular incident as intentional.

Damage to Sweeney’s vehicle was consistent with witness accounts, police said.

— Julie E. Greene

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