Maryland State Police announce the arrest of suspects who rammed a vehicle into a police cruiser during a traffic stop Wednesday in Princess Anne.
Approximately 11:15 a.m., troopers were attempting to apprehend a suspect wanted on an outstanding violation of probation warrant for possession with intent to distribute narcotics. They attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of McCain Drive and College Backbone Road.
The driver of the 2017 Ram 2500 truck, 24-year-old Lashae Caprice Smith of Princess Anne, tried to avoid the traffic stop, by putting the truck in reverse and intentionally hitting a police cruiser. She then exited the vehicle and the passenger who was wanted on a violation of probation charge jumped into the driver’s seat.
The suspect accelerated through the police cruiser, pushing it forward, before hitting a UMES road sign and driving through a ditch to flee the area. He continued northbound on Route 13, before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot in the area of Route 13 and South Boulevard in Salisbury.
The suspect was apprehended at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, at the Residence Inn by Marriott in the 100 block of Centre Road, according to the report.
The suspect identified as 21-year-old Lamount Maurice Potter Jr. of Crisfield resisted arrest. After a brief struggle, he was arrested and transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.
Smith was charged with reckless endangerment, first- and second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property of more than $1,000. She is being held on $50,000 bail at the Somerset County Detention Center.
Potter was charged with first- and second-degree assault, violation of probation and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center.