A Woodbine man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly struck multiple vehicles while driving under the influence of methadone. A witness alleged that the man struck his vehicle intentionally.
Donald Nelson Ramsburg, 58, of the 5100 block of Woodbine Road, was charged with one count of second degree assault in addition to multiple traffic citations including failure to stop after an accident causing damage, reckless driving and driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. As of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, he was being held without bail awaiting a Tuesday bail review, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of probable cause, a Maryland State Police trooper was dispatched to Md. 26 near Woodbine Road following a reported hit-and-run. While en route, the trooper received information that a witness was following the suspected vehicle, who the witness said struck his vehicle intentionally before continuing on.
The trooper caught up with the suspected vehicle, a white Ford Escape traveling east on Md. 26 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The Ford continued to make a left turn onto Md. 32 and continued north without acknowledging the patrol vehicle before pulling into a grocery store parking lot space, according to the statement.
The trooper made contact with the driver, identified later as Ramsburg, who said he did not stop immediately because he was afraid. He told the trooper he did not remember backing into another vehicle or where the collision may have taken place. He said he had taken his methadone that afternoon.
The trooper then made contact with the witness, who said he had witnessed a collision between Ramsburg’s vehicle and another vehicle at Woodbine and Md. 26. The witness began to follow Ramsburg’s vehicle on Md. 26 until it stopped near White Rock Road. The witness stopped his vehicle approximately 50 feet behind. Then Ramsburg’s vehicle began reversing quickly toward him, he told police. The witness reversed up on the shoulder attempting to avoid a collision, but Ramsburg’s vehicle turned and struck the front of his vehicle before continuing on Md. 26. He began to follow while making contact with 911, he said, according to the statement.
Ramsburg displayed indications of intoxication during field sobriety tests, according to the statement, but a blood alcohol test revealed a content level of 0 percent. A Drug Recognition Expert was requested, but none was available. Ramsburg was transported to Carroll Hospital before being released to the custody of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, according to the statement.