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A judge ordered Monday that a Mechanicsville man remain in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $45,000 bond after his arrest on charging papers alleging he tried to force a sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser into a guardrail during a high-speed chase, before the officer and another lawman shot at the motorist.
The GMC sport-utility vehicle driven by 44-year-old Teddy N. Ragan Jr. eventually stopped Saturday afternoon at an intersection in Charlotte Hall, court papers state, and Ragan initially was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, where he told nurses and police that he “had been drinking beer and smoking crack all day,” and that a call he’d received prompted him to “do whatever it took to get to Bethesda.”
“Wasn’t nothing stopping me,” Ragan said to a detective, according to a statement of probable cause filed along with charges including first-degree assault, reckless driving, drunk driving and attempting to elude police.
Sheriff’s deputy Kenneth Flerlage initiated the pursuit of the GMC vehicle on Saturday as it traveled at more than 100 mph on Route 5 in Loveville, court papers state, before the vehicle almost struck several vehicles head on, turned onto Old Village Road in Mechanicsville and went down a dirt lane to go across the southbound lanes and grass median of the highway, where sheriff’s Lt. Philip Joseph joined the pursuit.
Ragan “intentionally swerved toward Lt. Joseph’s vehicle several times, while still traveling at a high rate of speed [in the northbound lanes], in an attempt to run Lt. Joseph into the guardrail, potentially causing death or serious injury,” according to the charging papers filed by Cpl. David Alexander.
The SUV stopped at the highway’s intersection with Charlotte Hall School Road after shots were fired at the vehicle by two deputies, identified this week by Sheriff Tim Cameron as Flerlage and Joseph.
“They did fire from one of the ... police vehicle[s],” Cameron said Monday afternoon, adding that he did not yet know if the police car was moving or stopped when the shooting occurred. “That’s part of the ongoing investigation,” he said, along with determining how many rounds were fired by the two officers.
Flerlage and Joseph have been placed on administrative leave with pay, the sheriff said, during the agency’s reviews of the matter.