Route 40 crash

Route 40 crash (June 23, 2011)

An Abingdon man is facing a long list of charges after allegedly speeding away from a traffic stop, crashing into another car and, with a broken leg, running from the accident scene where police found suspected crack cocaine.

Around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, a Harford County Sheriff's deputy on patrol in the area of Route 40 and Long Bar Harbor Road noticed a black Lexus allegedly speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, according to the police report.

The deputy used RADAR equipment, which indicated the car was driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone, so he activated emergency sirens and lights to stop the vehicle, according to the report.

The 1993 Lexus, driven by Diedrik Edward Saddler, 30, pulled to a stop, then allegedly sped up and pulled away, according to the report.


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The deputy began following the Lexus with lights and sirens going full blast, but because of the amount of traffic on the road, turned them off, according to the report.

The car, which was going more than 80 mph, crossed two lanes of traffic, hit the jersey barrier, launched into the air and landed in the lane for eastbound traffic on Route 40, where the car hit a 2006 Honda Accord, according to the report.

As the deputy checked on the occupants of the other car, he saw Saddler allegedly climb out of the car window and across the street into the woods, according to the report.

Additional deputies, along with a police dog, arrived to search the area, and while they were in the woods, heard cars start honking their horns to get police attention, according to the report.

Saddler allegedly tried to get into the car of a woman stopped on Route 40, but when he couldn't continued running, according to the report.

Deputies took Saddler into custody and, when the original deputy brought him back to the car, the deputy found a bag with several grams of suspected crack cocaine in the road not far from the crashed Lexus, according to the report.

Saddler was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by members of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company where he was treated for a broken leg and minor cuts sustained in the crash, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the sheriff's office.

From there, the suspect was taken to the Harford County Detention Center.

The driver of the other car in the accident, Larhonda Ivanette Jackson, of the 3700 block of Wolf Trail Drive in Abingdon, was taken by Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company to Upper Chesapeake for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Jackson's three passengers, Tony Jackson, age 50, Tamara Jackson, age 12, and Terrell Jackson, age 8, all of the 3700 block of Wolf Trail Drive, were also transported to Upper Chesapeake for treatment of their own non-life threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash, according to the release.

Police believe Saddler had been drinking alcohol and was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, according to the preliminary traffic report. A blood test was administered at the hospital and additional charges could be filed against Saddler.

Saddler, of the 3400 block of Clairborne Way, was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, possession of a drug other than marijuana, failure to stop after accident involving damage to attended vehicle, failure to return and remain at scene of accident involving attended vehicle damage, reckless driving, negligent driving, attempting to elude uniformed police by failing to stop, attempting to elude uniformed police by running away and speeding.

He was released from the detention center Thursday after posting $50,000 bond.