Suspect Sought after Fleeing a Routine Traffic Stop
(Darlington, MD – August 3, 2011) At approximately 4pm on August 3, 2011 while conducting a speed reduction traffic detail at Dublin Road and Hughes Road, a deputy attempted to affect a traffic stop on a silver Ford Focus station wagon that was traveling 46 mph in a 30 mph zone. When the deputy stepped out, the driver of the vehicle stopped his vehicle. However, as the deputy approached the vehicle advising the driver to pull off to the shoulder, the driver shook his head acknowledging he heard the deputy and sped off.
Deputies immediately began searching the area. The suspect was located on foot a short distance away from the location of the original traffic stop. In his continued effort to avoid the deputies, the suspect then fled into a wooded area. Patrol deputies continue to search a 20-acre area which encompassed US 1, Hughes Road and Arena Road. Harford County Sheriff's Office utilized a variety of resources to include Harford County Sheriff's Office's K9 unit, Baltimore County Police Department Air Unit, and patrol deputies on foot and in vehicles.
Based on the nature of the possible charges and determination that the driver identified as William D. Carter, age 49, of the 100 block of New County Road in Aberdeen, MD did not present a danger to the community at large, the search concluded after 90 minutes. Charges are pending on the driver of the vehicle for fleeing and eluding police.
The Silver Ford Focus station wagon was towed away from the shoulder of Hughes Road, where Carter had abandoned it.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of William D. Carter is encouraged to contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office at 410-838-6600.