BREAKING AND ENTERING: Sometime between 9 p.m. Aug. 8 and 7 a.m. Aug. 9, suspect(s) entered Waldorf Ford Service Center located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf and poured oil onto six vehicles, causing approximately $8,000 in damage. The suspect(s) then fled the scene. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriffs Office at 301-932-7777. Officer R. Bagley is investigating.
HIT & RUN MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On Aug. 8 at 9:31 p.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to the intersection of Route 5 (formerly Mattawoman-Beantown Road) and Nike Drive in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Brian Christopher Lewis, 30, of Capitol Heights was traveling north on Route 5, approaching the intersection of Nike Drive. As the Jeep proceeded through the green light, a 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was traveling east on Mattawoman Drive approaching the intersection. The Oldsmobile proceeded through the red light without stopping and struck the SUV, causing it to rollover onto its side and strike a utility pole. The driver of the Oldsmobile stopped his vehicle briefly after crossing over Route 5 onto Nike Drive but drove away.
Officers found the tag from the striking vehicle laying in the roadway. It was registered to a person residing in Brandywine. Officers went to the residence and found the striking vehicle in the driveway with front end damage. The driver was located at the residence and identified as Jacob Ryon Ferris, 20, of Brandywine. Officers obtained his information and that of his passengers.
Back at the scene, Lewis was transported by ambulance to Southern Maryland Hospital Center. The front seat passenger, Pauline Rena Farrier, 34, of Colonial Beach, Va., was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center MedStar Unit. The two rear seat passengers, a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl, both of Colonial Beach, Va., were transported by a U.S. Park Police helicopter to Childrens Medical Center. All of their injuries were incapacitating but do not appear to be life-threatening.
The 2-year-old was secured in a child safety seat. The 4-year-old was not in a child safety seat, but was wearing a seatbelt. Lewis and Farrier were both wearing seatbelts. Ferris and his passengers, a 17-year-old girl from Waldorf and Sophia Ann Baumann, 19, of Upper Marlboro, were seatbelted and not injured.
Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. No charges have been filed at this time due to the continuing investigation. Officer R. Glover of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.