Annapolis man charged with attempted murder for hitting police officer with car

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - An Annapolis man was charged with attempted murder for hitting an Anne Arundel County police officer with his car while fleeing from authorities Thursday.

Willie James Rhodes, 24, of the 600 block of Broach Court, was also charged with first- and second-degree assault, assault on a police officer, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and numerous traffic offenses in connection with the incident.

County police said Annapolis officers saw a suspected narcotics transaction at Bestgate Road and Admiral Drive around 11:45 a.m. and asked for assistance from the county department because it occurred in the county.

When an officer activated his emergency gear to get Rhodes to pull over, he didn’t stop. Officers saw Rhodes drive toward Westfield Annapolis Mall, where a county officer on foot in the parking lot tried to get him to pull over.

Rhodes ignored him and hit the officer with his car, striking his arm.

Rhodes continued to drive through Annapolis, where he struck at least two cars around Forest Drive and Chinquapin Round Road. While they were chasing him, officers saw Rhodes toss what they thought were drugs out of the car. They later recovered 13 baggies of heroin with an approximate street value of $900.

He turned into the Newtown 20 neighborhood, where he left the car. Police caught him after a brief pursuit on foot.

No one was seriously injured, and the officer who was struck went to the hospital for treatment of minor arm injuries.  

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