An Edgewood man accused of fleeing police early Thursday was also charged with wearing a bulletproof vest, a dagger-type knife and drugs, according to court charging documents.
A Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy pulled over a vehicle in the area of Routes 152 and 40 at about 12:32 a.m. Thursday for having an expired registration, according to the Harford County District Court statement of charges. The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and requested back-up backup deputies with a police dog, according to the charging documents.
An occupant of the vehicle, identified in court records as Jamere C. Napper, 26, of the 2800 block of Keale Way in Edgewood, allegedly broke away from deputy trying to arrest him and began running across Route 152 and the shoulder of Route 40, onto the Super 8 Motel, according to the statement of charges.
As both officers pursued him, Napper allegedly threw out a bag that was later identified as marijuana and continued to run for roughly another block, until a detective in his vehicle ultimately caught up with Napper in the 1000 block of Route 40, according to the statement of charges.
After he was taken into custody, Napper was found to be wearing a bulletproof vest with a nearly 10-inch-long, dagger-type or "Tanto" knife concealed in the vest, according to the statement of charges. The knife was identified as a cold steel Kobun Tanto blade boot knife, with a 5.5-inch blade.
Napper, a convicted felon, told police he took the bulletproof vest from his father, who is an armed security guard, according to the statement of charges.
Napper is on probation for drug possession with intent to distribute from a December 2010 incident, according to the statement of charges.
In Thursday's incident, Napper is charged with possessing marijuana, concealing a dangerous weapon, possessing armor after a conviction, possessing bulletproof armor, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
Having a bulletproof vest is illegal in Maryland for people convicted of drug trafficking or violent crimes or in connection with committing a violent or drug-trafficking crime.
Napper was released on $7,500 bond the same day, according to court records.