CHESTER, Md. (WJZ) –A teenager from Queen Anne’s County faces a slew of charges after he attempted to flee from police during a traffic stop last month. The teen is also accused of attempting to disarm a trooper upon arrest.
Eighteen-year-old Alex Christopher Finnerty, of Centreville, is charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, attempting to disarm a police officer (felony), malicious destruction of property under $500, reckless endangerment, false statement to a police officer concerning identity, disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol by person under 21 and numerous traffic charges.
Maryland State Police say Finnerty was pulled over May 30 on westbound Route 50 in Stevensville. When the trooper learned that Finnerty had previously fled from police a month earlier, he asked him to step out of his vehicle. That’s when Finnerty sped away, leading police on a 1.7 mile chase.
Another trooper later found Finnerty at a local bar, where he was arrested—but not without struggle. Police say he tried to reach for the trooper’s service weapon.
They say he also became violent even after arrest, kicking the interior of the patrol car and causing damage to the arresting trooper’s personal belongings.
He was then placed in another patrol vehicle, where he revealed that he swallowed drugs and needed medical treatment.
Finnerty was then transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment and observation. He was released Tuesday and transported to the Centreville Barrack for charging.
Finnerty remains at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.