Shortly after 4 p.m., a trooper in a marked patrol car on Dual Highway, east of Mount Aetna Road, saw two eastbound vehicles “that appeared to be driving in circles around one another in the middle of the roadway,” a police news release said.
Activating his emergency lights and siren, the trooper followed the vehicles onto Edgewood Drive, then the parking lot of Martin’s Food Market, where the vehicles made several laps in the parking lot at a high rate of speed, the news release said.
One car, a silver Toyota Corolla, eventually stopped in a parking spot. Police said the driver — Aaron David Zebediah Dagenhart, 23 — opened the door, but did not have his hands clearly visible and refused to get out.
The trooper drew his weapon and ordered Dagenhart to lie on the ground, which he did.
Police said the trooper found a large knife in the waistband of Dagenhart’s pants and a black BB gun on the floor of the Toyota, between the seat and console, as well as a magazine and BBs in the console.
Jonathon Allen Witt, 24, and Kimberly Witt, 20, were in the other car, an orange Honda.
Police said Jonathon Witt, who was driving the Honda, told the trooper that the Toyota started following his car near Hagerstown Community College.
When Jonathon Witt drove into a development on Mount Aetna Road, the driver of the other car gestured at him and drove near him, police said.
Witt reported that “he was in fear for his life” and tried to accelerate away from the other car on U.S. 40, where the Toyota driver tried to ram the Honda.
After he turned onto Edgewood Drive, Witt saw the Toyota driver put a gun out the window and point it at the Honda, police said.
Dagenhart was charged with two counts each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault, and one count each of reckless driving, driving without a license and driving on a suspended license, troopers said.