Westminster man held in assault on trooper


A Westminster man was charged yesterday with injuring a state trooper while the suspect was being processed on an unrelated disorderly conduct charge, authorities said.

Tfc. Anthony J. Dubas was released from Carroll County General Hospital after he was treated for fractured and bruised ribs and leg and arm injuries, according to police.

George W. Leaf Jr., 37, of the 3300 block of Littlestown Pike was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and obstructing and hindering police officers.

He was ordered held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail, pending a bail review today.

Leaf's bail was set at $5,000 on the disorderly conduct charge.

According to police, Dubas had finished fingerprinting Leaf on the disorderly conduct charge at the state police barracks in Westminster about 3 a.m. when the suspect became combative.

He allegedly began punching the trooper in the ribs. Dubas reported the suspect was subdued with a pepper-based chemical spray and handcuffed, but not before the man had driven his shoulder into the trooper's body, forcing him into a door jamb.

Both men fell to the floor and the trooper was punched in the ribs, Dubas said.

Cpl. Andy Anders arrived and assisted as Dubas used the chemical before handcuffing the man.

Pub Date: 6/03/98

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