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Abingdon man accused of striking Harford sheriff’s deputy with his car during a chase is denied bail

An Abingdon man facing attempted murder and other charges stemming from a police chase that left two deputies injured last week was denied bail on Monday.

Jacob Michael Seaman, 33, of the 4000 block of Timothy Drive, is charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder, two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, plus four counts of reckless endangerment, according to electronic court records.

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Judge Mimi Cooper ordered Seaman held without bond during a Monday hearing in Harford County District Court. Seaman has been held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center since his arrest following Thursday’s chase.

In requesting bail, public defender Timothy Bahr argued that Seaman was a lifelong Harford and Maryland resident. When Cooper brought up how Seaman had failed to report to his probation officer since February, and noted a number of open cases against him, Bahr objected and asked the judge to not consider them when deciding his bail.

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"There is still the presumption of innocence," he said.

Prosecutor Edward Shields, appearing remotely, said Seaman had been arrested over 20 times and convicted 16 times, with two probation before judgment verdicts. Seaman was, he said, “a danger to the public at large.”

As the prosecutor spoke, Seaman’s forehead creased, his head appearing downcast and his eyes closed. He did not speak except to politely answer the judge with a “yes ma’am” or “no ma’am.”

Cooper agreed with the prosecution and ordered Seaman held without bail.

Harford County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Seaman’s car on I-95 near the Route 24 underpass around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, after deputies had allegedly seen Seaman involved in a drug transaction nearby, police said.

Seaman allegedly refused a deputy’s commands and reached under a seat, police said. When the deputy reached into the car to grab him, Seaman started driving away and dragged the deputy a short distance while he was partially in the car, police said.

After a chase along Route 152 and onto Old Joppa Road, police set up tire spike strips along Old Joppa and Whitaker Mill roads near Fallston.

Police said Seaman attempted to avoid the stop-sticks and struck another deputy who was helping deploy the traps, before sideswiping a civilian vehicle and striking an empty Maryland State Police vehicle.

Seaman then lead police on a short foot chase before he was arrested.

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