Harrison Bartels charged with assault on NRP officer with his SUV

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Scene of attempted murder of NRP officer at Patapsco State Park June 7, 2017

Harrison Bartels charged with assault on NRP officer with his SUV

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CATONSVILLE, MD. — Harrison Lee Bartels, 20, of 83 Bryans Mill Way, Catonsville, Md., was charged on June 7, 2017, with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment for attempting to run over a Natural Resources Police officer on patrol in Patapsco Valley State Park.  Bartels was already facing DUI-drugs charges in Howard County.

Natural Resources Police Officer Lathroum was on patrol in Patapsco Valley State Park at closing time on June 6, 2017, at 10:18 pm, to ensure day users were out and that the campground was secure.

At about 10 pm, he noticed a white SUV in the parking area off Hilltop Road. He pulled in behind the SUV. The driver put his car in reverse and struck the officer’s patrol truck. He then attempted to run over the officer.

The officer fired several shots and managed to break the driver’s side window with his arm.

The officer fired several shots and managed to break the driver’s side window with his arm.

The SUV sped up Hilltop Road toward Frederick Road.

The officer, a veteran of more than 25 years with Natural Resources Police, was taken to Northwest Hospital for the treatment of cuts and bruises. He was released early this morning.

Bartels was released from jail on June 9, 2017, after posting bond.

On April 26, 2017, Bartels was arrested by Howard County Police Officer E. Colson for DUI on drugs while driving on Frederick Road at Dunloggin Road in Howard County, Md.  The trial for that case is coming up on Aug. 25, 2017, and those charges may be the reason he jackrabbited out of the park when confronted by the officer. Attempting to kill the officer wasn’t the brightest move Bartels has allegedly made in his career as a driver in Maryland. Attorney Leonard H. Shapiro represents Bartels in this case.

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