Speeding Stop Nets Drug Arrest on Route 925

On August 1, 2006 at 0110 hours, Trooper First Class J. Edelen of the Maryland State Police was on routine patrol traveling southbound on Route 925, south of VFW Road. He observed a blue Chevrolet bearing MD registration exceeding the posted speed limit. TFC Edelen conducted a pace on the vehicle at 55 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour zone. TFC Edelen activated his emergency equipment to make a traffic stop. When he activated his lights and siren, the vehicle attempted to flee from him.

TFC Edelen chased the vehicle for approximately 6 miles where stop sticks were deployed causing the fleeing vehicle to become inoperable. The driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was quickly apprehended.

The driver Jamal Proctor Johnson, 27 years, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was identified by his MD ID card. A check through MILES and NCIC revealed his license status to be revoked. A search incident to arrest revealed a zip lock bag containing five individually wrapped baggies of marijuana weighing 20.2 grams. A further search of the vehicle revealed two zip lock baggies. One baggie contained five individually wrapped baggies of marijuana weighing 30.5 grams and the other containing 20.1 grams of marijuana.

Johnson was charged with the following: possession of marijuana; possession of paraphernalia; possession with intent to distribute marijuana and numerous traffic charges. Johnson was incarcerated in the Charles County Detention Center pending a bond review.

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