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Prince George's Driver Tried to Run Down Montgomery Cops: Police

A Hyattsville man reportedly driving his SUV at 100 mph has been charged with trying to run down two Montgomery County Police officers.

A Hyattsville man reportedly driving his SUV at 100 mph has been charged with trying to run down two Montgomery County Police officers. File|Patch
A Hyattsville man reportedly driving his SUV at 100 mph has been charged with trying to run down two Montgomery County Police officers. File|Patch

A Hyattsville man reportedly driving his SUV at 100 mph has been charged with trying to run down two Montgomery County Police officers, then fleeing to the District of Columbia.

Jernard Linton Cooke, 28, of the 1200 block of Chillum Manor Road in Hyattsville, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault after fleeing from police and attempting to strike two officers with his vehicle, said Montgomery County Police.

Officers saw a maroon Ford SUV traveling south on Georgia Avenue at high speeds about 3:35 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle was initially stopped at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues, but the driver sped away.

A few minutes later, officers on the scene of a stabbing in the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue saw Cooke’s SUV. Police said two uniformed officers motioned to Cooke to to stop his vehicle, but he allegedly drove the vehicle at the officers and fled into the District of Columbia.

County officers followed the vehicle into the District and stopped Cooke on Van Buren Street near Blair Road. During the stop, one Montgomery County officer fired his weapon, striking a tire on the Ford. There were no injuries reported.

Passengers in Cooke’s SUV reportedly told police that he deliberately drove toward the officers in an attempt to run them down.

The six-year veteran officer who discharged his firearm is on paid administrative leave. His name has not been released.

The Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Secret Service assisted at the scene.

Paul Rinehart June 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Absolutely no news about the accident last night at around 11 PM? I saw one car totaled and a damaged police cruiser. There must have been at least 15 police cars on the scene. Traffic had to be diverted to University and go through the Wheaton Mall just to get back onto Viers Mill. Why is there never any news about these types of things?

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