Monday, December 29, 2008

Law Man Drums Up a Little Extra Business

State trooper fired after drunken high-speed chase
Man, 22, arrested on charges of kidnapping man at fast-food drive-through in Towson

By Gus G. Sentementes | gus.sentementes@baltsun.com
4:51 PM EST, December 22, 2008

A trooper was fired today by the Maryland State Police after he was arrested on charges of kidnapping a man in his marked cruiser at a fast-food drive-through, then leading Baltimore County police on a drunken high-speed chase.

The incident unfolded about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a Taco Bell restaurant at Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue in Towson. Witnesses told county police officers that a trooper in plainclothes activated his siren and began yelling at people in the drive-through to "get the [expletive] out of the way," according to police charging documents.

The trooper, Bruce Anthony Wrzosek, 22, of the 2500 block of Taylor Ave., assaulted several people in a car and then forced one of them, a 20-year-old man, into his cruiser without handcuffs, according to charging documents.

Just as Wrzosek was getting into his cruiser, a county officer arrived and asked him to park his vehicle, but Wrzosek sped away, charging documents say.

After a brief high-speed chase during which, according to charging documents, the trooper used his lights and sirens to speed through at least one red light, he stopped the vehicle and was arrested by Baltimore County police after failing a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.20 -- more than double the state's legal limit of 0.08 for driving under the influence, according to charging documents.
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