A Baltimore County police officer has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a vehicle pursuit that occurred last month.
Officer Christopher M. Spivey, 29, a nine-year veteran of the department, is believed to have been identified on video from the Baltimore police department’s Foxtrot helicopter kicking an apprehended suspect several times, police said.
The county police department’s internal affairs section began investigating after crew members of Baltimore police department’s Foxtrot helicopter witnessed a possible assault as they assisted with a vehicle pursuit on Jan. 25, police said.
The pursuit originated from a report of a stolen vehicle at a Wegmans grocery store at 10100 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills at 10:40 a.m., police said.
Later that day, officers working Liberty Road saw the stolen vehicle, a 2003 Volvo, driving along Liberty Road near Milford Mill Road. The vehicle fled at a high speed and the pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Liberty and Milford Mill roads, police said.
Police said video from the Foxtrot helicopter shows that the suspect, later identified as Diamontae Tyquan Farrar, 20, of the 1700 block of Smallwood Strett in Baltimore, fled from the crashed Volvo and engaged officers in a foot pursuit. After being apprehended by responding officers, one officer, determined to be Spivey, ran up to the suspect and kicked him several times, police said.
Spivey will be suspended with pay, per department regulations. He was served with a summons the morning of Feb. 6, police said.
The Foxtrot video has not been released as it is part of an ongoing investigation.
— Chaz Brown