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Bail denied for man charged in Harford road rage case

Matthew Bredlow, of Bel Air, is facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged road rage incident in Joppatowne earlier this week.
Matthew Bredlow, of Bel Air, is facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged road rage incident in Joppatowne earlier this week. (Courtesy Harford County Sheriff's Office, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

A Bel Air man, charged with attempted murder in an alleged road rage incident in Joppatowne Tuesday, is being held without bail and has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Matthew Bredlow, 27, of the 200 block of Bucket Post Court, is accused of dragging another man more than 50 feet with his car after a confrontation that began while Bredlow and the alleged victim were driving east on Route 40 near the Baltimore County line shortly before 4 p.m., according to a Harford Sheriff's Office statement and court charging documents.

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The incident on Route 40 allegedly escalated until the victim pulled into the parking lot at Joppa Farm Road to avoid further confrontation, investigators said.

When the victim got out of his car, Bredlow allegedly began driving toward him, ultimately striking the man with his vehicle and then dragging him, according to charging documents, which say witnesses at the scene told investigating sheriff's deputies what allegedly happened. Bredlow allegedly fled the area.

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The 34-year-old victim, whom police say lives in Baltimore County, was treated for minor injuries at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was released from the hospital Wednesday, a Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper ordered Thursday that Bredlow be held without bail pending a psychiatric evaluation. His bail is expected to be reviewed following the evaluation.

During the bail hearing, for which Bredlow appeared via closed circuit TV from the jail, Assistant Public Defender Marcus Jenkins said Bredlow isn't married, doesn't have children and lives with his parents.

Jenkins, who asked for bail for Bredlow, said the former Boy Scout and Bel Air High School graduate also works with his father's business and spent 18 months studying at Harford Community College.

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Assistant State's Attorney Trenna Manners noted the serious nature of the charges and Bredlow's prior criminal history. "The state has concerns about the safety of the community," Manners said, in requesting that bail be withheld until Bredlow can be evaluated.

Bredlow is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and vandalism.

The victim told police he was driving east on Route 40 from Baltimore County to Harford County when Bredlow pulled up next to him in a blue four-door sedan and tried to start a fight with him, according to charging documents.

The victim said he drove into the parking lot of the shopping center at Route 40 and Joppa Farm Road to get away from Bredlow. He was hit by Bredlow's vehicle, "seconds later," after he got out of his car, according to the charging documents.

Witnesses told deputies the victim was standing near the left rear panel of his car when Bredlow pointed his car toward the victim and accelerated. The victim tried to get away, but Bredlow swerved toward him.

The victim hit the hood of Bredlow's car and was hanging on the driver's-side door as Bredlow's vehicle dragged him for about 55 feet, charging documents say. The victim told deputies he did not know Bredlow before the accident.

Based on the descriptions of the vehicle and the license plate number, deputies tracked Bredlow to his parents' Bel Air home.

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