Father, son accused of blocking firefighters at White Hall field fire

A White Hall man and his father have been accused of keeping firefighters from getting to a large field fire on their farm during a Dec. 3 incident, according to court charging documents.

When Jarrettsville firefighters responded to the 3000 block of Troyer Road at 5:30 p.m. that day, they saw flames in a field behind the house.

The fire was later determined to be a large pile of tires, plastic bottles and other trash that was being burned without a county permit for open burning, according to the police statement of charges.

Daniel Scott Pieper, 26, of the 4000 block of Norrisville Road, was sitting in a Jeep Wrangler and blocking the stone driveway entrance, the charging documents state.

Firefighters called for back-up from the Harford County Sheriff's Office after Pieper refused to move the Jeep, saying: "I'm not moving, because that fire isn't hurting anything and those trucks will tear up my fields."

Pieper ultimately backed up the Jeep after being warned he would be arrested.

A deputy then asked him to show his driver's license and registration, which Pieper refused to do, being "verbally abusive" toward the deputies and referring to them with expletives, according to the statement of charges.

Pieper's father, Stephen Pieper, was determined to be the owner of the farm. As the fire was being extinguished, Stephen Pieper also drove up in a Ford F-250 truck, according to the statement of charges.

The deputy asked Stephen Pieper to also move his truck so firefighters could access the scene. Pieper moved it ,but then demanded to speak to his son and became irate, calling the officials "a bunch of Obama [expletive]," according to the statement of charges.

Stephen Piper next drove his truck back to the driveway entrance and yelled for his son to get in.

Daniel Pieper jumped out of his Jeep and got in the truck, at which point deputies advised Daniel Pieper he was under arrest, according to charging documents.

Both suspects were advised to stop, but they allegedly sped off, according to charging documents. An extensive search that included the Baltimore County Police Aviation Unit failed to find them.

Daniel Pieper was charged with obstructing and hindering, resisting arrest and obstructing firefighters, according to charging documents. He was arrested on Dec. 5 and released on his own recognizance.

Stephen Pieper was charged via summons with failure to obey a lawful order and obstructing firefighters, according to court records.

Both have trial dates in District Court on Feb. 19.

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