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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Arrest in Md. after chase, collisions

By Elizabeth Flock

A Harwood man has been charged with attempted murder after he drove his truck into several police vehicles as officers tried to apprehend him on Jan. 19, Anne Arundel County Police said Thursday.

Officers responded to a report of family violence in the 3600 block of Solomons Island Road in Harwood on Jan. 18 at approximately 9:09 p.m., police said. A man, identified by police as William R. Leapley Jr., 27, had allegedly assaulted a family member and fled the scene.

When officers returned to the the residence on Jan. 19 around 6:46 a.m., according to police, Leapley fled in a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

According to police, Leapley drove his truck into an unoccupied patrol car; he then passed two others, turning back to hit one, which was occupied by an officer. As he drove down Route 2 South, police said, Leapley passed a third patrol car and turned back to hit that one twice, forcing it into oncoming traffic.

An officer responding to that incident in a fourth car hit Leapley's truck, police said, and a citizen's vehicle was damaged in that crash. "There was a calculated effect to do harm to these officers and put their lives in jeopardy," said Officer Justin Mulcahy, a county police spokesman.

Leapley was eventually caught shortly before 7 a.m.

Three officers were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center after the incident and have since been released.

Leapley was charged with four counts of attempted murder, attempted manslaughter by motor vehicle, first degree assault, second degree assault, second degree assault of a law enforcement officer and reckless endangerment, along with related traffic offenses, Anne Arundel County Police said.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 20, 2011; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel  
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I wonder "WHY" they didn't use "DEADLY FORCE" on this fool ??

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | January 20, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Now if all this had taken place in Virginia, Leapley's behavior would be brushed-off as "just another hillbilly actin' out," and the whole thing would be forgotten in a day or three.

Posted by: kinkysr | January 20, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Now if all this had taken place in Virginia, Leapley's behavior would be brushed-off as "just another hillbilly actin' out," and the whole thing would be forgotten in a day or three.

Posted by: kinkysr | January 20, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

You are such a racist it's sickening.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | January 20, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This poor misunderstood gentleman. All he needed was a hug & some milk & cookies.

Mess with the cops & you're going down, holmes.

Which part of that don't you understand?

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 20, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Now if all this had taken place in Virginia, Leapley's behavior would be brushed-off as "just another hillbilly actin' out," and the whole thing would be forgotten in a day or three."

More life if this would have taken place in Virginia, Leapley would have only hit one or 2 cars, as the cops are not afraid to use deadly force.

Posted by: mjc3 | January 21, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"Now if all this had taken place in Virginia, Leapley's behavior would be brushed-off as "just another hillbilly actin' out," and the whole thing would be forgotten in a day or three."

Not even close. If this would have taken place in Virginia, Leapley would have only hit one or 2 cars, as the cops are not afraid to use deadly force.

Posted by: mjc3 | January 21, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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