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Man charged for running onto Pimlico

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Posted: Thursday June 03, 1999 04:47 PM

BALTIMORE (CNN/SI) -- Lee Ferrell, who stood on the track during a race at Pimlico Saturday, was charged with assaulting a jockey on Monday.

Ferrell of Bel Air also was charged with trespassing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and alcohol-related offenses, according to a police report released Monday.

The 22-year-old man punched jockey Jorge Chavez at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, an assault that has been shown repeatedly on television.

Ferrell was taken to Baltimore's central booking facility, said Barbara Cooper, a spokeswoman for the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services. He was released Sunday after posting $2,500 bond.

Police spokeswoman Angelique Cook-Hayes said Ferrell was first taken to Sinai Hospital for a psychiatric review, but was released Saturday night. Hospital spokeswoman Amy Mickolite refused to comment on whether Ferrell had been at the facility, citing hospital policy.

"We don't know why he did it," Cook-Hayes said.

The bizarre episode occurred several hundred yards from the finish line during the seventh race, about 2 1/2 hours before the Preakness.

Ferrell made his way to the track from the infield and crossed a fence separating the fans from the turf course. He then staggered to the inside rail, which he pounded with his fist before ducking under it, and walked onto the main track.

As the horses approached, he stood with his fists clenched and arms upraised. As the horses charged by on both sides, Ferrell could be seen in replays trying to punch two horses.

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