Police: Man arrested after ramming police car with stolen dirt bike

An Annapolis man was arrested Saturday on assault and theft charges after allegedly ramming a police car with a stolen dirt bike.

Around 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Annapolis Police officers were called to the area of Forest Drive and Newtowne Drive after getting reports of people riding dirt bikes nearby, according to police.

When officers arrived, they saw people riding three dirt bikes recklessly in the area and started taking photos of the bikes and riders, police said.

One of the drivers, later identified as Edgar Poteat, allegedly started ramming the officer’s patrol car with the dirt bike he was riding, police said. Poteat also allegedly kicked the car, according to Annapolis Police.

When more officers arrived at the scene, Poteat drove away, ultimately crashing the dirt bike in the 900 block of Spa Road. Officers later learned the dirt bike he was riding was stolen from Baltimore.

Poteat, 28, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, destruction of property, trespassing, theft of a motor vehicle more than $1,000 and a number of related traffic charges including driving while his license was revoked.

He was released from police custody after posting $25,000 bond.

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