SALISBURY, Md. – A Salisbury teenager pleaded guilty to first degree assault and was sentenced to five years, with 18 months suspended for his involvement in a police chase in March.
Police say 19-year-old Daniel Ulm was being stopped on March 22 for a possible hit and run when he led police on a chase through West Salisbury. Eventually Ulm turned onto a dead-end road near Fitzwater Street.
The Wicomico Sheriff’s Office says DFC. Houck deployed stop sticks to try to block Ulm from the dead end road, but instead Ulm accelerated towards the officer. DFC. Houck jumped out of the way and fired his gun at Ulm’s Toyota Tundra to stop the car.
Eventually Ulm was later stopped near Strawberry Way, according to police.
Sheriff Mike Lewis praised his deputy for his professionalism and quick actions.
“For nearly thirty years DFC Houck has been protecting the good people of this County with honor and distinction, and for an individual to threaten his safety with a 7,000 pound weapon is reprehensible. Thank God for his quick actions and the support of our State’s Attorney’s Office who ensured that Mr. Ulm was convicted of the top count felony,” Sheriff Lewis said.
Ulm, who had no prior criminal history, was sentenced as a part of a plea agreement with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday.