A man accused of stealing a vehicle led police on a chase between Kingsville and Perry Hall near the Gunpowder Falls State Park on Monday morning, police said.
Joseph Michael Snyder, 34, of the unit block of Essex Avenue in Essex, was charged on Nov. 5 with multiple counts of assault, theft and traffic violations, according to Officer Mark Dorsey of the Parkville precinct.
At about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, police found a vehicle in a ditch near Franklinville Road and Chapman Road in Kingsville. Three people stood around the vehicle, including a man who had been drinking, believed to be the driver, his father and his girlfriend, according to police.
An officer on the scene found that the vehicle, a 2010 Ford Taurus, had been stolen sometime between Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. The suspected driver then pushed the officer and ran away, police said.
At about 6:12 a.m., an officer located the man walking along Miller Road in Perry Hall, near Belair Road and the Gunpowder Falls State Park. The man hit the officer with his elbow in the nose and face, giving the officer a cut lip and bloody nose. The man then ran away, according to Dorsey.
A police helicopter and unit of police dogs responded, searching for the man over the course of about 20 minutes. Police said they found the man, identified as Snyder, laying in a wooded area along Miller Road. When he resisted arrest, police used a taser on him before using handcuffs, Dorsey said.
Both Snyder and the officer who had been hit received medical treatment for minor injuries, Dorsey said.
Snyder was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, theft between $10,000 and $100,000, vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, two counts of second-degree assault, making a false statement to an officer and theft of less than $1,000. He remained at the Baltimore County Detention Center late Monday, online court records show.