Suspected Heroin Dealer Leads Police on Chase, Hits Officer

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    Alex Alejandre

    About midday Thursday, an Annapolis man was arrested after leading police on a chase following an alleged drug transaction witnessed by Annapolis police.

    The man refused to stop when police tried to pull him over and led them to Annapolis Mall, where police gave up pursuit for public safety concerns, police said.

    An Anne Arundel County police officer standing next to his police vehicle in the parking lot attempted to stop the suspect, who then changed course toward the officer, striking his arm, according to police.

    Officers resumed the chase and observed the suspect throwing items from the vehicle. Police said 13 baggies of heroin worth about $900 on the street were recovered.

    The suspect struck vehicles at Forest Drive and Chinquapin Round Road before bailing out of the car in the Newtown community in Annapolis City, police said. Officers apprehended him after a short foot pursuit.

    The officer who was struck was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. No civilians were hurt.

    The suspect was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, assault on a police officer, and several traffic offenses.