Some people just do not seem to get it. You don't drive after you have been drinking. It is illegal and it is dangerous. If you don't hurt yourself, you're likely to hurt someone else. There were 3 alcohol-related arrests in St. Mary's County recently and we are only half way through the 4th of July weekend. We anticipate that we will be reporting more arrests early next week.
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Deputy Milton Pesante was conducting speed enforcement in the area of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. A vehicle traveling southbound on Point Lookout Road entered his radar beam exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 MPH. Deputy Pesante initiated a vehicle stop and identified the driver as Philip Henry Dorsey, III 49 years of age of Leonardtown. Deputy Pesante detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Suspect Dorsey's breath and person. Suspect Dorsey was administered standard roadside field sobriety tests, which he failed. Suspect Dorsey was arrested, transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he was charged with DUI and is currently awaiting a Preliminary Inquiry Hearing in the District Court.
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Deputy First Class Michael Labanowski observed an all-terrain vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Point Lookout Road in Charlotte Hall. DFC Labanowski stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Suspect Francis Wayne Bridgett a 41 year old from Mechanicsville. While speaking with Suspect Bridgett DFC Labanowski detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Suspect Bridgett refused to submit to the standard field sobriety tests. DFC Labanowski advised Suspect Bridgett he was under arrest at which time he fled, from the officer, on foot. Suspect Bridgett was subsequently apprehended and arrested. Suspect Bridgett was uncooperative and resisted arrest. Suspect Bridgett was searched incident to his arrest and a plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana was located on the Suspect's person. Suspect Bridgett was issued traffic citations for the following violations: Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Driving on Revoked License and Privilege, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se. Suspect Bridgett was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with criminal charges for Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana. Suspect is currently awaiting a court date in the District Court.
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Deputy Milton Pesante observed a suspicious vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road with the engine running and all of the exterior lights off. Deputy Pesante stopped to assist the motorist and identified the person seated in the driver's seat as Suspect Jason Robert Stone 22 years of age from Mechanicsville. While speaking with Suspect Stone Deputy Pesante detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Suspect Stone was administered standard roadside field sobriety tests, which he failed. Suspect Stone was arrested, transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and is currently awaiting a court date in the District Court.