City resident, 35, charged in assault on state trooper

A Baltimore man was arrested yesterday after police said he tried to steal the car of a good Samaritan trying to help him after an accident, then struck a Maryland State Police trooper and dragged him briefly.

Kenneth E. Crockett, 35, of the 800 block of Bond St. was charged with attempted first-degree murder, carjacking, robbery, theft, and two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was scheduled to appear before a Baltimore County District Court commissioner late last night.


State police gave this account of what happened:

About 1:30 p.m. yesterday, Crockett's Chevrolet overturned on the ramp from southbound Interstate 95 to eastbound I-195 in Lansdowne. Baltimore County police responded to the scene.


A 40-year-old Suitland man driving a gold-colored 1986 Honda Civic stopped to offer help to Crockett, who was walking up the ramp from westbound I-195 to northbound I-95. Trooper Todd I. Mason, also 40, arrived as the two men were talking.

The motorist offered to let Crockett use his cell phone. Crockett got into the Honda on the passenger side and punched the motorist repeatedly in the face.

Mason ran toward the Honda as it rolled slowly up the ramp. He ordered Crockett to get out of the car, but Crockett refused. The trooper was able to get into the car on the driver's side, wedging himself between the motorist and Crockett. But Crockett managed to shift the car into reverse and extend his foot to the accelerator.

Mason was knocked to the pavement and dragged 10 to 15 feet. The Honda continued in reverse until it got stuck on the right roadside embankment. The motorist got out of the car, and Crockett drove away in it, heading north on I-95. The left door of the Honda struck the rear bumper of the police cruiser as Crockett fled.

From I-95, Crockett got onto the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway. A Baltimore County police officer saw him driving the car on the right shoulder faster than 90 mph.

Crockett exited at Hollins Ferry Road, then drove into the parking lot of a retirement home. There, a police dog was released on him after he refused to surrender. He declined treatment for a small bite on his right arm.

Police said they found a substance they believe to be cocaine in his Chevrolet.

Mason, the trooper, and the motorist were treated at St. Agnes HealthCare and released.


Sun staff writer Liz F. Kay contributed to this article.