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Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — First-degree assault

On January 1, 2017, Deputy Kyle Hayes witnessed Glenn Allen Carmean (“Appellant”) driving erratically and at an extremely high rate of speed on Route 50 in Berlin, Maryland. When Deputy Hayes tried to pull him over, Appellant accelerated his vehicle and initiated a high-speed police chase. In attempting to evade several police officers, Appellant veered toward Deputy Hayes’ vehicle, nearly causing a collision. Following Appellant’s arrest, the State of Maryland (“the State”) charged Appellant by indictment in the Circuit Court for Worchester County with first degree assault, second degree assault, obstructing or hindering a police officer, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, driving at an excessive speed, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, driving on a revoked license, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, attempting to elude police, and reckless driving. Following a bench trial, the Honorable Donald C. Davis found Appellant guilty of all charges and later sentenced him to ten years’ imprisonment.

It is from this conviction that Appellant files this timely appeal. In doing so, he brings one question for our review: I. Was the evidence sufficient to sustain the conviction for first degree assault against Appellant?

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