MSP Reports for Charles County - Southern Maryland Headline News

MSP Reports for Charles County


LA PLATA, Md. - The La Plata Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) today released the following incident and arrest reports.

On April 3, 2007, at approximately 0953 hours, Trooper A. Ford was dispatched to respond to a single vehicle collision, northbound U.S. Route 301, south of DeMarr Road. Upon Trooper Fords arrival, he observed a black Ford Thunderbird displaying MD registration 3AWJ73, which did not belong on the Ford Thunderbird. The vehicle was in the parking lot of Red Necks Bar and Grille. Trooper Ford made contact with the operator/defendant of the vehicle, Patrick Edward Arnold Jr., 39 years, of Bowie, Maryland, who stated he was driving the vehicle. As Trooper Ford conversed with Arnold, he observed his pupils were very small, his eyes were glassy and his speech slurred. Trooper Ford asked Arnold if he had any alcoholic beverages, which Arnold replied he had two beers earlier in the day. Trooper Ford had Arnold perform three field sobriety tests, which he failed. Arnold was placed under arrest.

A search incident to the arrest performed by Trooper Ford and Trooper First Class S. Murphy, revealed one nunchaku found wedged between the driver seat and the center console. The search also revealed an open pack of cigarettes that had been suspected dipped in PCP, they were found on the floor of the front passenger seat. Arnold was transported to the Maryland State Police Barrack for initial processing, then transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending bond review.

Arnold was charged with the following: Carrying a concealed deadly weapon; CDS possession not marijuana; CDS: Possession paraphernalia; driving while impaired by drug, or and alcohol; Driving under the influence of alcohol per se; driving while impaired by controlled dangerous substance; failure to control speed to avoid collision/ negligent driving; driving on suspended license and privilege; driving on revoked license and privilege; driving uninsured vehicle; display registration plate issued to another; unauthorized display and use of registration plate; and operating unregistered motor vehicle.

On April 4, 2007, at approximately 1712 hours, TFC R. Lemerise initiated a traffic stop on a Virginia registration for speeding, 64 mph in a posted 55 mph zone on southbound Route 301, north of Mt. Air Road. TFC Lemerise made contact with the operator, identified as Louis Joseph Flanagan, 32 years, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, who’s eyes were red, glassy and his speech slurred. TFC smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on Flanagan’s breath. When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Flanagan stated “two beers and a shot.” TFC Lemerise had Flanagan perform the standardized field sobriety test, which he did not pass. Flanagan was placed under arrest.

A search incident to arrest revealed a small wooden box located in the driver’s side door pocket. The box contained marijuana with a metal cigarette with burnt residue. Flanagan was transported to the Maryland State Police Barrack for initial processing, then transported to the Charles County Dentention Center pending bond review. Flanagan was charged with the following: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana; did possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit: one wooden box, used to store/contain a controlled dangerous substance of Schedule I, to wit: marijuana; and DUI.

On April 4, 2007, at approximately 1945 hours, TFC D. Collins observed a white 1986 Lincoln bearing Virginia registration, constantly swerving out of its lane on three separate occasions, onto the right edge line on northbound Route 301, south of Charles Street. TFC Collins initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. TFC Collins made contact with the operator, Wesley Junior Doublin Jr., 23 years of Weems, Virginia. Doublin’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, and an odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. The operator Doublin was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The three occupants of the vehicle were asked to exit the vehicle. The occupants were identified as Troy Dejaun Payne, 23 years of Heathsville, Virginia, Takeyo Anton Day, 25 years of Heathsville, Virginia and a three year old child.

A search incident to arrest revealed a clear plastic bag containing marijuana, next to the front seat arm rest. Doublin, Payne and Day were arrested and transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for processing and then transported to the Charles County Detention Center for criminal charges. They were charged with the following: possession of marijuana; and possession of paraphernalia. Doublin was also charged with Driving under influence of alcohol; driving while impaired by alcohol; fail to drive within a single lane; and negligent driving. The juvenile was also transported to the barrack and was turned over to his grandmother for proper care.

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