ODENTON, Md. - Joyriding on a mini bike in the parking lot of the Piney Orchard Market Place in Odenton on Monday, 20-year old Dayton Cole Moore, seemingly knew no bounds.
That is, until the free spirit came up against the Man of Steel, otherwise known as Maryland State Senior Trooper Anderson who was off-duty coming out of the Food Lion.
"He noticed an individual operating an unregistered dirt bike, an unregistered motor vehicle, a dirt bike type of motorcycle, in the shopping center parking lot so he approached the individual," said Marc Limansky of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
The trooper asked Moore if he knew it was illegal to ride the bike in public, and when the carefree subject responded that he did, the officer identified himself, showed him his badge and told him the unregistered mini bike would be towed, but Moore wasn't having it.
"The suspect threw the motorcycle to the ground striking the trooper in his leg,” said Limansky, “The trooper then attempted to detain the individual and the suspect then assaulted the officer by grabbing at his face... punching him."
Pictures show the cuts and abrasions to our Superman's arm and leg as the trooper subdued the daredevil, Moore, and it turns out that green substance in his front pocket wasn't kryptonite---it was marijuana.
But allegedly assaulting a law enforcement officer is anything, but a laughing matter, and police in Anne Arundel County say they're seeing more and more of it all the time.
"So far this year, we've had over 150 officers assaulted in the line of duty,” said Limansky, “Thankfully, none with life-threatening injuries. In the country in 2016, there were over 57,000 officers assaulted in the line of duty. The number is pretty big. It is a pretty serious issue, but officers understand this when they go into this profession. It is a dangerous profession."
Moore now faces a series of charges, including second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, which is a felony---all because of an ill-advised and illegal joyride just five minutes from his home.