An off-duty state trooper sustained minor injuries early yesterday when he was sprayed with a chemical irritant and struck by a car whose driver he had attempted to stop on the parking lot of a Bel Air shopping center, authorities said.
The driver was caught and arrested moments later by another officer, state police said.
The incident occurred about 3 a.m. on the lot in the 300 block of S. Main St., where Trooper Nayim Sadik, 24, who was not in uniform, was talking with friends. He heard spinning wheels and saw a 1994 Buick Park Avenue being driven recklessly on the lot, used by businesses including a 24-hour convenience store, police said.
Sadik displayed his badge and instructed the driver to stop, but the man veered toward the trooper, who grabbed the side of the driver's door. The trooper held on - and was dragged through the lot - as the driver swerved back and forth and used pepper spray in an attempt to dislodge him.
Near the end of the lot, the driver accelerated and dislodged the trooper, who slid across the pavement. His leg was struck by the vehicle as it continued east on Route 22, police said.
State police Cpl. Mark Rivera, heading home from his patrol shift, saw the Buick swerving on the lot and a man being thrown from the car.
Rivera called for assistance for the man he later learned was a trooper, and pursued the car - stopping it at Route 22 and Brier Hill Road.
Sadik, a two-year member of the police force assigned to the Golden Ring barracks, was released after treatment at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for facial cuts and "significant abrasions over his body," police said.
Arrested by Rivera was Brian M. Delen, 28, of the 1400 block of Landis Circle in Bel Air, who was charged with attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, and traffic offenses. He was held in lieu of $15,000 bail at the Harford County Detention Center, police said.