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.