Man arrested after spitting on gas station clerk  

A 34-year-old Waldorf, Maryland man was arrested Friday morning after spitting on a gas station clerk and fleeing from Deputies.

Torrance Fitzgerald Hillard was charged with battery and fleeing and eluding.

The incident began when the Sheriff’s Office responded to the Shell gas station at 11100 Overseas Highway in Marathon at approximately 3 a.m. after a clerk reported a suspicious man wearing a Burger King paper crown inside the store who was talking to himself and pacing. The man spit on the clerk’s face when he was asked to leave. The suspect then left in a black Cadillac traveling south.

Deputy Connor Curry spotted the Cadillac a short time later southbound on U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 30 driven by a man matching the clerk’s description. The Cadillac sped away as Deputy Curry attempted to perform a traffic stop, reaching speeds of 79 mph. Deputy Curry stopped the pursuit when he lost sight of the Cadillac. Deputy Micheal Watkins spotted the Cadillac near Mile Marker 16. The Cadillac stopped for Deputy Watkins.

The driver was identified as Hillard. The gas station clark identified Hillard as the suspect.

When questioned as to why he fled, Hillard stated he thought he was traveling in a direction that would lead him out of Monroe County in an effort to avoid arrest.

Hillard was taken to jail.

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