A moving company truck driver, who got into an altercation while on the job then fled police, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for ramming his company truck into several cars on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, injuring the occupants, including a 10-year-old girl.
Michael A. Jasper, 40, of Hanover, was on a job in New Carrollton on March 31, 2010, prosecutors said, when he was "involved in an assault." He jumped into the moving truck and took off, with Prince George's County Police in pursuit. He led the officers on a chase through country roads, the Capital Beltway and the Parkway, where he deliberately crashed into at least five cars.
He shoved one vehicle into the trees, where its driver, who had a concussion and broken sternum, had to be cut free by emergency personnel. And he caused another car, occupied by a father and his young daughter, to roll over twice, causing neck and back injuries for both riders.
Jasper continued on to Anne Arundel County, where he stole a pack of cigarettes from a liquor store, prosecutors said, and was arrested by county police.
"It was not an 'accident' when Michael A. Jasper crashed his truck into cars on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, it was a violent crime that warrants punishment," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.