Police Arrest Aggressive Driver Armed With A Gun & Knife

He was apprehended in Washington County.


Hagerstown, Md (KM) Maryland State Police have charged a Laytonsville man with reckless endangerment, 2nd-degree assault, transporting and carrying a concealed weapon, and numerous traffic offenses.  Ted A. MacDonald, 46, was arrested Tuesday morning near the intersection of French Lane and Route 63 west of Hagerstown in Washington County.

State Police say at around 10:30 AM on Tuesday, troopers received calls about a black Ford F-150 which had rammed at least one vehicle on Interstate 270 near the Urbana exit. A lookout was broadcast. Then the State Police received calls about another vehicle which had been struck along I-70 in Frederick County.

Troopers spotted the truck along I-70 near Route 40 in Washington County and attempted to stop it prior to it getting on to I-81. The driver, later identified as MacDonald,  stopped his vehicle, and got out,   but then got back in and took off.

MacDonald drove his truck along I-81, and got off at the exit for Route 63, and ran through several red lights before stopping near the intersection with French Lane, west of Hagerstown.

He got out of  the vehicle carrying a loaded handgun. Troopers ordered him to drop it. MacDonald threw into the bed of his truck.

Then, he pulled out a folding knife and taunted troopers. After several attempts to get him to drop the knife, MacDonald did drop it. Troopers approached to arrest him, and he resisted, but quickly taken into custody. State Police say they recovered a 40-caliber handgun and two fully loaded magazines.

Troopers  say there are no reports of injuries for the occupants of the two vehicles  struck by MacDonald’s truck.

The investigation is continuing and MacDonald could face additional charges, according to authorities.


By Kevin McManus