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Man allegedly crashes and burns pickup after ramming police car, leading troopers on chase

Posted at 4:02 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 16:07:53-04

RISING SUN, Md. — A Cecil County man's pickup truck became engulfed in flames after leading troopers on a pursuit.

James A. Knox Jr., 22, of Colora, was pulled over in the 500-block of Rising Sun Road after being seen swerving back and forth.

Knox didn't have a driver's license with him, and gave police a fake name.

While the sergeant was in his patrol car running the name, Knox accelerated backwards and twice rammed into the front of the police car, before taking off.

The sergeant gave chase as Knox allegedly drove through two yards, before crashing into a utility pole on Nesbit Road. After crashing, Knox ran from the vehicle and jumped multiple fences before eventually being caught.

Exposed wires from the utility pole ignited the pickup on fire, destroying it. Police later found out that Knox is a suspended driver with an open felony theft warrant out of Delaware. He was also found to be in possession of heroin.

The sergeant was not injured in the incident.

Knox is currently being held without bail pending a Wednesday review. He's charged with multiple counts of assault and destruction of property.