A Catonsville man and a Baltimore woman were charged with assault of a law enforcement officer after the man allegedly dragged a sheriff’s deputy half the length of a football field alongside his car Monday.
Stanley Andre Ray Jr., 29, of the 300 block of Suter Road, is charged with one count each of first-degree assault; second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical worker; failure to obey a lawful order; reckless endangerment; and resisting arrest, according to electronic court records. He was initially held without bail, then released on $2,500 bail following a Wednesday bail review, according to electronic court records.
Brittany Nicole Price, 26, of the 6000 block of Cedonia Avenue, is charged with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and other charges. She was released on $2,500 bail, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of probable cause, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting traffic patrol near Oklahoma Road on Jan. 28 when he made a stop on a vehicle going approximately 20 mph over the speed limit westbound on Md. 26.
The deputy made contact with the driver, Ray, and the passenger, Price, identified by their driver’s licenses. While speaking to them, the deputy allegedly smelled marijuana. The two occupants said the car was a rental vehicle and there was no marijuana inside, according to the statement.
The deputy called for backup and told Ray and Price that police would conduct a search of the vehicle. Ray and Price said police could not search the vehicle and did not comply with an order to get out of the vehicle, according to the statement.
Price called the Sheriff’s Office and requested a sergeant or supervisor. A sergeant in the area spoke with Price on the phone and responded to the scene. When the sergeant spoke to her in person at the vehicle, he also said he smelled marijuana and asked her to step out of the vehicle, according to the statement.
When she did not, the sergeant reached inside the window to unlock the vehicle. Price rolled up the window, catching his arm, and refused to roll the window down, according to the statement.
The sergeant was able to unlock the door and open it. He reached in, attempting to remove Price from the vehicle, according to the statement.
Ray then put the vehicle in drive while the sergeant was half inside the vehicle, and his leg was dragging along the ground as the vehicle was moving. The sergeant began to punch Ray trying to get him to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was put in park about 50 yards away from where it started moving, according to the statement.
The sergeant then attempted to remove Price from the vehicle, and she attempted to bite him before climbing away and kicking at him. The sergeant pulled her from the car and took her to the ground, according to the statement.
Two other deputies pulled Ray from the car and muscled him to the ground also, according to the statement.
Police searched Ray and Price and did not find weapons or contraband. They found a bag containing approximately 15.5 grams of suspected marijuana in the vehicle, according to the statement.
The sergeant drove himself to Carroll Hospital after the incident and reported bruising on his leg, and soreness in his arm and leg. Ray and Price refused medical treatment, though Ray believed his tooth may have been chipped, according to the statement.
Calls to Ray and Price for comment had not not been returned as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.