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Taneytown man charged with assault, traffic charges

A Taneytown man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a woman before driving away while intoxicated.

Craig Hardsock Sr., 31, of the unit block of Courier Drive, was charged with one count each of intoxicated endangerment, malicious destruction of property and second-degree assault as well as traffic citations including negligent driving and driving under the influence. He was released on $5,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, officers of the Taneytown Police Department were dispatched Tuesday for a report of a disorderly individual. On the way to respond, an officer observed a vehicle that matched a description of the individual’s vehicle travel through a four-way stop at a high rate of speed.

An officer performed a traffic stop and after speaking with the driver, detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. The man, identified as Hardsock, showed signs of intoxication in field sobriety tests, and he was placed under arrest for DUI. A breath test identified a concentration of .09, according to the statement.

An officer made contact with a woman who said that following an argument, Hardsock had assaulted her. Another individual came to assist the woman and Hardsock then began destroying items, valued at about $908, she told police. The officer observed abrasions and swelling to the woman’s face, according to the statement.

When reached for comment by the Times, Hardsock said that he was “innocent until proven guilty” of the charges. A court date is scheduled for Oct. 3.

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