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Man Gets 5 Years for Trying to Run Down Cop

Associated Press

April 15, 2010

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) ― A Carroll County judge has sentenced a 38-year-old Westminster man to five years in prison for trying to run down a woman and a police officer trying to help her.

Gary Wolfe was convicted Wednesday of two counts of first-degree assault and sentenced to 20 years with all but five years suspended.

Prosecutors say Taneytown (TAW’-nee-town) police Cpl. Brian Jestes found Sarah Henry lying in the road on July 8, 2009, and as he helped her, he saw a car driving quickly toward them.

Jestes ordered the driver to stop, then fired three shots, striking Wolfe in the arm. Taneytown police say a state police investigation cleared Jestes of any wrongdoing.

Wolfe’s attorney argued that her client’s loud music prevented him from hearing the officer’s commands. She says Wolfe had been drinking heavily and didn’t remember much of what happened.

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