Havre de Grace woman charged with attempted murder after police chase

A 24-year-old Havre de Grace woman has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly hit two people with her car and then led police on a high-speed chase through Aberdeen and Edgewood with two young children in the backseat on Tuesday.

Aberdeen city police, in a news release, said Christina Renee Parks, of the 3700 block of Green Spring Road in Havre de Grace, intentionally hit a 31-year-old woman and her 14-year-old son in the first block of Franklin Street in Aberdeen at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday.

After officers arrived, Parks returned to the scene in her car, then tried to flee, police said.

She was chased into the parking lot of Target, on Middleton Road, where she allegedly purposely hit a police car before fleeing onto Route 40 and drove away at speeds upward of 100 mph, according to the news release.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office, whose deputies were notified, ultimately deployed "stop sticks," a tire deflation device, to halt the car at Route 40 and Woodbridge Center Way in Edgewood.

After the car was stopped, police found Parks' two children, a 16-month-old and a 2-year-old, unrestrained in child safety seats, according to the news release.

Parks is charged with attempted second-degree murder as well as two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Aberdeen police Cpl. Will Reiber said Thursday the woman and boy who were hit in Aberdeen were engaged in "some type of disagreement" with Parks, and it was not a chance encounter.

Parks appeared before District Court Judge John L. Dunnigan for a bail review hearing Thursday afternoon in Bel Air, where Dunnigan increased her $200,000 bail to $250,000. 

Harford Assistant State's Attorney Eli Silverstein took note of Parks' high speed driving and of the two children in the backseat of her vehicle. 

"We're talking about a total disregard for human life, including her children," Silverstein told the judge. 

Silverstein asked for the increase in bail, but Parks' public defender, Sarah Klemm, requested a reduction. 

Klemm pointed out that Parks has lived her entire life in Harford County and lives with her father and two children.

Parks is also set to start a 75-day sentence on July 21 for a violation of probation, according to Klemm. 

According to Maryland electronic court records, Parks pleaded guilty on Jan. 4 to driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol. She received a 60-day suspended jail sentence and was placed on 18 months probation.

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