A California man wanted in St. Mary's County on a charge of attempted rape was arrested Wednesday in Sunderland after assaulting three store clerks and leading police on a high-speed chase through Calvert County, Maryland State Police said last week.

David Joseph Hockaday, 37, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, theft, escape, malicious destruction of property, driving while intoxicated and a number of other minor motor vehicle violations.

Police said the events began after Hockaday tried to shoplift several packages of baseball cards from a Kmart in Prince Frederick. Three store employees tried to stop Hockaday before he left the store, but Hockaday allegedly pushed them out of the way and fled the scene by truck.

He was pursued up Route 4 by several state troopers and a Calvert County sheriff's deputy, at times driving northbound in the southbound lane, Maryland State Police Sgt. Greg Cameron said.

At Lord Baltimore Drive, Hockaday jumped out of the truck--the license plates later were found to have been stolen--and was apprehended by a sheriff's deputy. Hockaday allegedly tried to flee again after he was handcuffed, running directly into traffic on Route 4 and jumping on the hood of a passing car.

Hockaday was being held at the Calvert County Detention Center on $75,000 bond. Authorities expect him to be returned this week to St. Mary's County to face prosecution on the attempted rape charge, St. Mary's sheriff's Sgt. Lyle E. Long said.