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1 arrested, another injured after fight outside bar in Westminster

1 arrested, another injured after fight outside bar in Westminster
Nathaniel Jacob Eckard, 19, of Westminster, has been charged after an altercation that led to his arrest outside Ernie's Place on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

A Westminster man is being held on $10,000 at the Carroll County Detention Center for his role in a late-night fight Thursday outside of a bar on West Main Street in Westminster, police said.

Nathaniel Jacob Eckard, 19, who lives on Pennsylvania Avenue, is charged with two counts each of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, and one count each of disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order and resisting/interfering with an arrest, according to electronic court records. He is being held in default on $10,000 bond.

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Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, officer Martin Runk responded to a fight outside of Ernie’s Place at 90 W. Main St., where 30 to 40 people were on the sidewalk, according to the police report. One male was lying on the ground bleeding from his face, and Runk attempted to offer aid until emergency medical services arrived.

According to the report, two black men, one of which was Eckard, were arguing outside and slapping one another’s hands; when police asked them to move along, Eckard refused twice. The cause of the fight was unclear at the time.

When Eckard was told he would be arrested, he said, “[Expletive] lock me up then,” and when police tried to reach for him, he pulled away, the report states.

In attempts to handcuff Eckard, he was brought to the ground and drew a stun gun, according to the statement. Runk announced he was going to use his Taser on him, and then used the device on Eckard so he could handcuff him.

“During the arrest the male whom Mr. Eckard was arguing with disappeared and was not identified,” Runk said. “Mr. Eckard was transported to Carroll Hospital … [and] while at the hospital Mr. Eckard continued to yell and curse and be disruptive to the operation of the hospital’s emergency department.”

According to police, another individual who suffered injuries in the fracas was taken to Carroll Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Roughly 10 minutes before this incident was reported to police, Westminster police had responded to a report of a shooting on the west side of the city in the general vicinity of Uniontown Road. Initial reports indicate it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Capt. Misty Budzinski said, but police are continuing to investigate.

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