Man who allegedly drove stolen vehicle at Perryville police officer arrested in Virginia

A Charles County man who allegedly drove a stolen vehicle at a police officer in Cecil County early Friday morning was arrested in Virginia.

William H. Galvin Jr., 29, of Hughesville, was arrested at a trailer in Front Royal, Virginia, shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday by members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the U.S. Marshals, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.


Galvin is charged with first- and second-degree assault and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer after he allegedly drove a white Toyota Tundra at a Perryville Police Department officer and other law enforcement personnel who were attempting to arrest him after a multi-state pursuit that began in Ocean City nearly five hours earlier.

He is being held in Virginia pending extradition back to Maryland, according to state police.

Pursuit of the vehicle, which was reported stolen in Charles County, began in Ocean City in around 9:18 p.m. Thursday night, according to a spokeswoman for the Ocean City Police Department.

Police there pursued the vehicle from the area of Jamestown Road, just north of the Gold Coast Mall, to the Route 90 bridge, where police lost sight of the vehicle because of its high rate of speed, she said.

New Castle County Police spotted the vehicle around 1:23 a.m. Friday on U.S. Route 40 in Delaware, near Route 72 outside Glasgow, and continued chase on I-95 until the Elkton exit, at approximately 1:34 a.m., according to department spokesman M/Cpl. Michael Eckerd.

It’s unclear if any other police agencies pursued the vehicle between it leaving Ocean City and being spotted in New Castle County, Delaware.

In Cecil County, around 1:45 a.m. Friday, troopers from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack began pursuing the vehicle on Route 222.

When the driver, now identified by police as Galvin, entered Perryville, he began to drive down the CSX railroad tracks, state police said.

Perryville Police Department officers pursued the vehicle, which eventually stopped, turned around and drove toward the officers, who were then on foot, according to state police.

At least one Perryville officer fired multiple shots at the suspect’s vehicle, according to state police.

Police said Galvin then bailed out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area by the railroad tracks.

Troopers from the North East and JFK state police barracks, Perryville police and members of the Maryland State Police STATE team and K-9 unit participated in a search effort, but were unable to locate the driver.

MSP homicide detectives will be investigating the shooting by the Perryville police officer per request of that department.

Schools in the Havre de Grace area were briefly put on a modified lockdown this morning due to police activity in Cecil County, but the precautionary measure was lifted shortly before 10:30 a.m.