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Jurors convict man who tried to run over Howard officer

A Temple Hills man, shot while he was attempting to run over a Howard County Police officer, was found guilty of assault and other charges by a county jury Wednesday, county prosecutors announced.

Tremayne Middleton Dorsey, 39, was convicted of two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license and theft.

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Prosecutors claimed the Prince George’s County man had been in a Clarksville neighborhood breaking into cars when he was confronted by police and tried to flee.

Jurors deliberated 90 minutes after a three-day trial, prosecutors said.

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At about 3:15 a.m. Feb. 24, 2017, officers were sent to check on a suspicious vehicle in a driveway in the 7200 block of Fawn Crossing Drive, prosecutors said.

An officer, Pfc. Amy Frasier, noticed Dorsey walking toward the car and he told her he was the driver and had been jogging in the neighborhood. Frasier learned Dorsey had an open arrest warrant.

Dorsey jumped into his car and “backed up and drove directly at” the officer, according to an account of trial testimony provided by prosecutors.

Frasier jumped out of the way and shot at him, the bullet striking him in the neck. Dorsey’s car ran into a tree and ditch near the end of the driveway, prosecutors said. Frasier was not injured.

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Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Ritter showed jurors Dorsey’s clothing, including a dark ski mask, at the trial.

"[Dorsey] was not in the neighborhood to go jogging; you can decide for yourself if someone decided to go jogging miles and miles and miles from his home,” Ritter said.

Dorsey’s attorney, Beverly Graham, did not immediately return a request for comment late Wednesday.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 21.

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