REDNECK RAMPAGE: William Galvin Jr. charged with attempting to run over police officer; fled Maryland on an Amtrak train, made the connection to Virginia, hopped on a Metro train at Roslyn and finally caught at Mommy’s house after three-state chase
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LURAY, VA – Maryland State Police report that the redneck rampage conducted by a nimrod from the Golden Beach section of St. Mary’s County, who drove a stolen vehicle down railroad tracks at a police officer standing on the tracks while attempting to arrest him in Cecil County on Sept. 6, 2019, has been arrested in Virginia. The distance between where William Harold Galvin Jr. wrecked his stolen truck and where he was found was covered by using an Amtrak train as his getaway method was 169 miles.
Galvin gave as his home address, 14A Stoney Brook Lane, Luray, Virginia, when cited for driving without a permit and pleading guilty in Prince Georges County on May 24, 2012, and receiving a verdict of Probation Before Judgement with zero time and zero fine.
William Harold Galvin Jr., 29, of 40362 Dockser Drive, Mechanicsville, Md., came out of his mother’s trailer at the end of the fugitive pursuit with his hands up after police tracked him down on his journey that would make any commuter satisfied to cover so great a distance in the time he did.
Police say he was arrested at his mother’s trailer in Luray, Va., shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2019, by members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the U.S. Marshals Service. Galvin is being charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer – among the many dozens of charges that will keep a team of free public defenders busy in Cecil, Charles and Worcester Counties.
Galvin was wanted for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle directly at a Perryville Police Officer at about 2:00 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019, as the officer and other law enforcement personnel were attempting to arrest him following a multi-state pursuit.
Troopers from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack began pursuing on MD Rt. 222 a vehicle reported stolen from Charles County. According to investigators, the initial pursuit began with police in Ocean City on Jamestown Road to Route 90 in Maryland and continued through Delaware before entering back into Maryland in Cecil County.
MORON GALVIN DROVE STOLEN TRUCK ON MAIN LINE OF CSX RAILROAD
As Galvin entered Perryville, Maryland, police say he began the death-defying act to drive down the CSX railroad tracks that serve approximately 90 daily Amtrak and Marc Trains; and about two dozen CSX and Norfolk Southern freight trains at night. Galvin would have been doomed to an ignominious death with any collision with a train and Galvin’s stolen truck likely ending his criminal career in a blaze of glory.
PERRYVILLE COPS FIRED NUMEROUS ROUNDS AT FUGITIVE
BUT NONE HIT THE MARK
Perryville Police Department officers pursued the suspect down the tracks. The suspect vehicle eventually stopped and turned around and then drove toward the Perryville officers, who were then on foot. At least one Perryville officer fired multiple rounds at the suspect vehicle. Maryland State Police said later that none of the shots penetrated Galvin, and in fact, none of the rounds fired by the Perryville Police Officers could be found to have hit the truck.
State Police Homicide detectives were initially detailed to investigate the police-involved shooting but without any evidence that the Perryville police hit anything or anyone, that investigation is likely to end soon. No one else was injured as a result of the shooting. Perhaps more time on the range is needed in this strategically located police department.
Investigators believe the suspect bailed out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area by the tracks. A perimeter was set up by troopers from the North East and JFK barracks as well as Perryville police. Members of the Maryland State Police STATE team and K9 Unit also participated in the search effort.
GALVIN SLIPPED THE POLICE DRAGNET BY TAKING AMTRAK TO DC
Galvin slipped through the search grid and went to the Amtrak Station in Wilmington, Delaware where he boarded a southbound Amtrak train and arrived in Washington, D.C., where he took a Metro train to Roslyn, Virginia and made a connection to Rt. 66 where he may have stolen a vehicle, arranged for a ride or got lucky hitchhiking to make it straight to his mommy’s house, the dangerous desperado that he is – where he could hide under mommy’s bed.
Armed with the knowledge that Galvin once lived with his mother in the Luray rural community close to I-66, a squad of Maryland Apprehension Team Troopers and U.S. Marshals set out to round up the rampaging redneck from Southern Maryland. Tracking his moves with the assistance of Amtrak Police, the posse of state and federal law officers were hot on his heels.
OCEAN CITY LAY DOZENS OF TRAFFIC CHARGES ON GALVIN
Charges against Galvin placed by Ocean City Police Officer Y. Ramirez in Worcester County District Court includes aggressive driving, reckless driving, negligent driving, driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed, failing to stop for red traffic signals and a slew of other traffic charges he accumulated during the Ocean City leg of his Redneck Rampage.
THEFT OF TRUCK KICKED OFF WILD RIDE
Galvin picked charges of unauthorized removal of a vehicle in Charles County in a warrant filed by the Charles County States Attorney on Sept. 4, 2019, which led to the Redneck Rampage. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 15, 2019, in Charles County District Court.
ST. MARY’S DEPUTY WAS HOT ON GALVIN’S TRAIL
An open bench warrant for the road-racing fleeing felon redneck was issued by a St. Mary’s District Court Judge when Galvin failed to appear for trial on Aug. 23, 2019, on charges of driving while suspended filed by St. Mary’s Sheriff Deputy Kyler Kilgore on May 13, 2019, for a violation that allegedly took place on May 2, 2019, on Rt. 5 and Old Flora Corner Road in Mechanicsville, when Galvin gave a home address of 6586 Jameson Farm Place in Hughesville, Md.
Galvin was cited for driving with a suspended permit, while suspended and other violations by Maryland State Trooper Robert Kreczmer on March 20, 2019, at 9:52 am as he operated a 2017 white Toyota Tundra northbound on Rt. 5 at Huckleberry Drive. A bench warrant was issued on these charges on June 13, 2019, when Galvin failed to appear in court in La Plata District Court. A bench warrant issued on May 9, 2019, was recalled when a “hospital note” was provided to the court to explain his absence but the warrant was once again ordered when Galvin reportedly failed to appear for trial in June.
A peace order connected to domestic violence was filed in Charles County District Court to keep Galvin away from the petitioner in every form but was dismissed on Nov. 15, 2018, when the petitioner failed to appear for the final hearing.
Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington agreed to a plea bargain in District Court on Aug. 23, 2018, when Galvin was once again facing charges of driving with a permit. Galvin entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to sixty days in jail with all of the jail time suspended.
Galvin entered a guilty plea to driving while suspended and failing to attend driving improvement program (after all he likely participates in the Golden Beach 500 each weekend on Golden Beach Road and that should have counted) on April 12, 2018. Galvin was sidelined on Rt. 301 northbound at the 2.2-mile marker by Maryland Transportation Authority Police Officer W. Harris as Galvin piloted a 2015 red Chrysler 200. A fine of $325.00 was listed in court records as the penalty but was not paid, leading to the suspension of his non-existent drivers permit. Galvin was represented by Luke Van Deusen Fredericks, a free attorney, provided by the taxpayers of Maryland.
Galvin was apprehended and installed in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Regional Jail and held without bond on a fugitive warrant from Maryland for an extradition hearing.