Man caught in police pursuit charged with attempted murder

The man apprehended by Howard County Police following a police pursuit through Ellicott City Tuesday has been charged with attempted murder after police say he attempted to hit an officer with his car.

In addition to attempted murder, Sean Brian Witt, 37, of the 9300 block of Duff Court in Ellicott City, faces charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, DUI, drugs and traffic violations in connection with the incident.

Police first reported that at around 11:25 a.m. Witt was sitting in a parked car at Normandy Shopping Center when he was approached by a police officer. However, police are now saying 911 callers reported that Witt was stopped in the middle of Normandy Drive at Mt. Etna Circle blocking traffic. 

When citizens approached Witt's Buick Century, they found him inhaling from a can, police said. Witt reportedly refused to open the door or move his car, police said.

As responding police officers approached Witt, he sped off and began driving erratically through traffic on parts of Old Frederick Road, Mt. Hebron Drive and Furrow Avenue, according to police. 

Upon reaching Furrow Avenue, a dead end, Witt rear-ended a police car in an attempt to escape, which resulted in minor damage, police said. 

He then drove directly toward officers at a high rate of speed, resulting in one officer firing a gunshot that did not strike him, police said. Witt then stopped and was taken into custody, police said. 

Officers located illegal drugs in the Buick Century, according to police.

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