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Reisterstown man accused of driving 145 mph on I-95 in Harford

A Reisterstown man accused of driving as fast as 145 mph while drunk early Monday on I-95 in Harford County was ordered held without bail.

Anthony Michael Muniz, 34, of the 300 block of Timber Grove Road, allegedly sped up from 86 to 145 mph in his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro after a Maryland State Police trooper tried to pull him over, according to charging documents.

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Muniz was headed south at about 12:48 a.m. when he passed a trooper wrapping up another traffic stop in the Joppa area, according to the documents.

Muniz serves as a volunteer firefighter in Owings Mills, a public defender told Harford County District Court Judge Victor Butanis at a bail review Tuesday.

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The trooper's car "shook aggressively" as Muniz drove past and the trooper clocked him driving 86 mph, according to the statement.

After seeing the law enforcement vehicle, Muniz allegedly sped up, changing lanes and causing other vehicles to "aggressively slam on their brakes," according to the statement.

The trooper's radar then showed the Camaro driving at "a steady speed of 145 miles per hour" before it came to a stop near the Baltimore County line, according to the statement.

After the trooper smelled alcohol on Muniz's breath, Muniz, who allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, said he was driving home from a bar where he had had two beers, according to the statement.

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The trooper searched his vehicle after smelling marijuana and found one half-empty beer and one unopened one, according to the statement.

His car had 16 books that included handbooks on growing marijuana and Army handbooks on explosives, unconventional warfare, munitions and sniper tactics, according to the statement.

An alcohol breathalyzer test showed Muniz registered 0.11, according to the statement.

His license was also found to have been suspended, according to the statement.

He also told police he was never in the armed forces "due to making bad decisions," knew people in gangs, although he was not affiliated with any, and converted to Christianity from Islam after being released from jail, according to the statement.

Muniz has 22 arrests and 22 convictions, public defender Tatiana David admitted to Butanis.

"He's batting a thousand," Butanis replied sarcastically.

"Even without the alcohol, that's dangerous," he said, speaking about Muniz's speed. After consulting privately with the public defender and assistant state's attorney, Butanis said he "understands there are health issues but he is a huge risk to the community."

According to the statement of charges, Muniz told police he does not have any medical conditions, but did take three pills.

Muniz was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, driving with a suspended license, driving on a revoked license or privilege, driving without required authorization, possessing a suspended license, consuming an alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle on the highway, driving at a speed exceeding the limit, driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed, negligent driving, reckless driving, failing to obey proper traffic control devices and unsafe lane changing.

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