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Baltimore County driver hit with 15 charges after Christmas Day incident in Joppa

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A Baltimore County man received 15 traffic citations Christmas Day after police said he crashed into two cars and struck one person with his vehicle just before dark on Route 152 near I-95 in Joppa.

Robert James Freeman, 46, of the 1800 block of Rambling Ridge Lane in the Falls Road area just north of the Baltimore City line, was driving north on Route 152 when police say he crashed his 2006 Volvo into the rear of a 2006 Honda Civic waiting at a red light near the I-95 intersection, according to an accident report filed by investigating Maryland State Police troopers.

As Freeman tried to flee, the driver of the Honda, Wendy Ann Napier, of the 100 block of Manns Road in Severna Park, and the driver of another vehicle who witnessed the accident followed him, according to the accident report.

Freeman's car stopped for a red light on Route 152 just north of I-95, and the two other vehicles moved astride and tried to pin the Volvo in so it couldn't leave when the light changed, according to the accident report.

Napier got out of her car, after which Freeman tried to drive off and struck her, her vehicle and the third vehicle, a 2006 Volkswagen Passat driven by Coningsby E. Burdon Jr., of Arnold, according to the report.

No life-threatening injuries were reported, but the Napier and Burdon vehicles received damage to their doors which had been closest to Freeman's vehicle, according to the report.

Freeman had two passengers in his vehicle, a 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl.

According to online court records, Freeman was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, driving while under the influence of alcohol while transporting minors, failing to control vehicle speed on a highway to avoid collision, failing to return to the scene of an accident, failing to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failing to stop after an accident involving damage, failing to render reasonable assistance to an injured person, failing to furnish required identification, failing to give insurance information, negligent driving, reckless driving and driver failure to avoid pedestrian collision.

Freeman's vehicle was towed from the scene by Putty Hill Towing, according to the accident report.

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