Annapolis man held on $9,500 bond after high-speed chase


An Annapolis man who police said was a suspect in the kidnapping of a teen-age girl and nearly ran down a girls' field hockey team practicing in a field, was being held yesterday in the county Detention Center on a $9,500 bond.

Derrick Sellman, 23, of the 200 block of Chesapeake Ave. was charged with assault, resisting arrest, reckless driving and other traffic violations.

Mr. Sellman terrorized about two dozen field hockey players practicing in the field at Germantown Elementary School at about 8:45 a.m. when he plowed through in his Toyota pickup, later crashing into an electrical pole, police said.

"He scattered those girls helter-skelter," said Officer Dermott Hickey, city police spokesman. "Then he skidded and hit a pole. Fortunately, no one was hurt."

After a short foot chase, police caught Mr. Sellman behind a house in the first block of North Southwood Avenue.

The incident began shortly before 8:30 a.m. when residents on Eastern Avenue called police and said that a 17-year-old girl inside a home in the 100 block of Eastern Ave. was hanging out a window screaming, said Sgt. John Mellon.

When officers arrived, they found the girl standing on the steps inside the home, sobbing and holding an ax over her head. Officers ordered her to drop it, and she threw it on the floor.

She told the officers that Mr. Sellman had picked her up downtown and driven her around the city all night and refused to let her get out of the car, Sergeant Mellon said.

"He apparently guarded the door when he stopped to get gas."

When he brought her back to the house, she told police, he tried to rip her blouse off. When she screamed, he ran.

Sergeant Mellon said the girl told officers he was driving a gray pickup with a small cab. An officer spotted the truck on West Street and the chase began.

The pickup led Annapolis city, county and state police down Generals Highway away from the city, then turned around and led them back, across the parking lot of Annapolis Mall, then to Jennifer Road, and through several side streets before it got to Croll Drive and the playing field on the elementary-school grounds.

Sergeant Mellon said the pickup hit a city police cruiser on Croll Drive, but the officer was not injured. Sergeant Mellon said the incident with the 17-year-old girl was still being investigated.

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