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Baltimore woman charged after crashing into Anne Arundel police cruiser during car meet, police say

A Baltimore woman was arrested Saturday night after she crashed her car into an occupied police car while driving away from a car meet in Hanover, Anne Arundel County police said.

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Police said in charging papers that a car driven by A’Keirra Patrice Smith, 22, of Baltimore, crashed into a police cruiser that had pulled in front of hers as she was fleeing the 40-vehicle car meet outside the Arundel Mills Walmart, where other officers reported seeing several vehicles in the parking lot doing doughnuts and generating a cloud of smoke.

When police first arrived to disperse the crowd, Smith’s vehicle, a Chrysler 300, headed toward a police corporal who was on foot, and nearly struck him four times, charging papers say.

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When she fled the lot, police said, Smith nearly struck other officers, and also came close to pedestrians and other vehicles.

An officer wrote in charging papers that the Chrysler “drove around traffic into oncoming lanes, and began to exit the parking lot, nearly colliding head-on with my police vehicle,” also nearly striking another officer who was directing traffic from the lot.

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The incidents led police on a chase down Arundel Mills Circle, which resulted in the final crash near Arundel Mills mall and a bus stop.

Police said Smith was driving toward a “heavily populated area with pedestrians on foot.” The corporal pulled his vehicle in front of hers “in an attempt to have the vehicle stop,” charging papers say. Both vehicles were disabled by the crash.

Smith and the unnamed officer were both transported to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

When placed under arrest, Smith refused to identify herself, police said.

She was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, as well as several assault, endangerment and disorderly conduct offenses, according to court records, which say she was issued 19 traffic citations.

No one else at the event was charged, police said.

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Smith is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. A public defender representing Smith asked Anne Arundel District Judge Shaem C.P. Spencer to defer a decision on her bail Monday afternoon, noting that she would be undergoing a mental health evaluation.


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