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 12, 2007 from 0800 to 1500 hours, the Maryland State Police, La Plata Barrack, conducted an Enforcement Initiative concentrating on U.S. Route 301 from Maryland Route 6 to the Harry W. Nice Bridge, Charles County, MD. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Maryland State Police with the initiative. The Enforcement Initiative resulted in the following: 4 arrests for Controlled Dangerous Substances, 21 traffic Citations, 37 Traffic Warnings, 14 Safety Equipment Repairs Orders and 3 Level III DOT Inspections.

On April 12, 2007 at approximately 1245 hours, TFC S. Keen was traveling northbound on U. S. Route 301 in the area of Route 234, Charles County, MD when he observed a tan Chrysler bearing MD registration with a window tint violation. Upon making contact with the driver, Cyrus Norvell Elder, 31 years of Newburg, MD, who was identified by his MD driver’s license, TFC Keen detected an overwhelming smell of air fresheners coming from Elder’s vehicle. TFC Keen also observed that Elder was very nervous and his legs were shaking. TFC Keen requested Elder to exit his vehicle so a K-9 scan could be conducted. TFC M. Murphy of the Maryland State Police responded to the scene with K-9 Remington to conduct a K-9 scan. While TFC Murphy was conducting a scan, Trooper R. hill of the Maryland State Police began field sobriety tests on Elder. While conducting a pat down for weapons, Tpr. Hill felt a blunt in the right front pocket. Tpr. Hill asked Elder when the last time he drank or smoked. Elder stated “earlier this morning.” Tpr. Hill then asked Elder if he had any drugs on him. Elder then pulled a plastic baggie containing CDS marijuana from his sock. Tpr. K. Clark arrived on the scene and took over the investigation. Elder was placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending bond review. Elder was charged with the following: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana; and did use/possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to with: once clear plastic baggie, used to store/contain/conceal a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana.

On April 12, 2007 at approximately 1410 hours, TFC S. Keen was traveling northbound on U.S. Route 201, south of Popes Creek Road, La Plata, Charles County, MD, when he observed a silver Ford bearing WA registration with expired registration. TFC Keen stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Benjamin Alexander Hankins, 21 years of Mount Victoria, MD, who was identified by his WA driver’s license. While TFC Keen was speaking with Hankins, he detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. TFC conducted a search of the vehicle, revealing a book bag on the front passenger seat containing a silver grinder with trace amount of marijuana in it. There was also a roller with TOP rolling paper. Hankins was placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending bond review. Hankins was charged with the following: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana, and did possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit: Metal grinder used to process/prepare a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I to wit: marijuana.

On April 13, 2007 at approximately 1138 hours, Tpr. K. Clark was traveling northbound on Route 301, in the area of Park Waldorf, Waldorf, Charles County, MD, when he observed a gray Volkswagen Jetta, bearing MD registration, with a seat belt violation. Tpr. Clark activated his emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, Adam Cooke Bradley, 24 years, of Largo, MD, who was identified by his MD driver’s license, Tpr. Clark detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Tpr. Clark also observed a small blunt laying on the driver’s side floor. Tpr. Clark asked Bradley to exit his vehicle to perform a probable cause search. Tpr, Clark asked Bradley when the last time he smoked marijuana; Bradley stated, “just a little while ago.” When Tpr. Clark asked Bradley if he had any illegal drugs or weapons on him, Bradley handed Tpr. Clark two plastic baggies of marijuana. Bradley was placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending bond review. Bradley was charged with the following: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana; and did use/possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit: one plastic baggie, use to pack/repack/store/contain/conceal a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I to wit: marijuana.

On April 14, 2007 at approximately 1120 hours, Tpr. K. Clark was traveling southbound Route 5, in the area of Route 301, Waldorf, Charles County, MD, when he observed a silver Dodge Stratus, bearing MD registration, with a seat belt violation. Tpr. Clark activated his emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Tpr. Clark made contact with the driver, Andre Laron Daniels, 31 years of Waldorf, MD, who was identified by his South Carolina ID card and passenger Tanya Michelle Taylor who was identified by her MD driver’s license. An MVA/MILES-NCIC check revealed that Taylor had a protective order against Daniels. Daniels was placed under arrest for violating a protective order and transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending an extradition from South Carolina for a warrant. Daniels received citations for driving on a suspended out of state license and a seat belt violation. Daniels was also charged with did fail to comply with an Order of Court dated 12/11/2006-12/08/2007, issued under the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article, Sec. 4-505 that ordered the respondent to remain away from the place of employment, school, and temporary residence of Tanya Michelle Taylor.

On April 14, 2007, at approximately 2048 hours, Tpr. A. Ford was on routine patrol on northbound U.S. Route 301, south of Plaza Drive when he observed a black Dodge Van displaying MD registration swerving from lane #2 to lane #1, 3-4 times. Tpr. Ford initiated his emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The van did not stop and continued to travel north on U.S. Route 301. TFC D. Collins, who was traveling in the same area pulled in front of the van to attempt to stop the vehicle when the vehicle swerved nearly missing TFC Collin’s vehicle. The van then continued north crossing over the center median curb on U.S. Route 301 and into oncoming traffic on the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 301. After approximately a quarter mile, the vehicle crossed back into the northbound lanes on U.S. Route 301 and continued north towards Prince George’s County and eventually made it to Washington D.C., being pursued by TFC Collins, TFC R. Lemerise and Tpr. A. Ford. The van finally collided with a concrete barrier wall disabling the vehicle. The operator, later identified by a MVA photograph and other personal documents as James Fred Reed Jr., 47 years, of Waldorf, MD, fled on foot approximately 75 yards before he stopped and turned around to square up with the troopers in a defensive stance. Reed was apprehended and a search of his person was conducted. Reed stated his name was Kevin Fred White, DOB 09-04-1959, which was later determined to be a false name. Reed had two open warrants for his arrest, one through the U.S. Marshalls and one from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. A strong odor of alcohol was detected upon contact with Reed, his eyes were red, glassy and his speech was slurred. Reed was transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for initial processing, then transported to the Charles County Detention Center. Reed was charged with the following traffic citations: unsafe lane changing; driving under influence of alcohol; driving under influence of alcohol per se; driving while impaired to alcohol; negligent driving; fail to stop at steady circular red signal; driving on suspended license and privilege; driving on revoked license and privilege; reckless driving; failure to drive right of center; speed greater than reasonable; attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot; attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by failing to stop vehicle; attempt by driver to elude police in official police vehicle by failing to stop; attempt by driver to elude police in official police vehicle by fleeing on foot; attempt by driver to elude police officer resulting in bodily injury to another; driving wrong direction on one way road. Reed was charged with the following criminal charges: did intentionally resist a lawful arrest and did upon arrest, knowingly and with the intent to deceive, make a false statement to a peace officer concerning his identity.

On April 15, 2007, at approximately 0426 hours, Tpr. R. Garrett was traveling eastbound on Maryland Route 228, observing oncoming traffic traveling westbound on Route 228. Tpr. Garret was operating radar when he observed a vehicle enter the radar beam that appeared to be going well above the posted limit of 50 mph. The vehicle entered at 82 mph. Tpr. Garrett activated his emergency equipment and initiated a stop on a white Cadillac Seville bearing MD registration as it turned onto Greenmount Drive, north of Route 228. Tpr. Garrett made contact with the driver, and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. Field Sobriety was conducted and the driver was placed under arrest for DUI. During a search incident to arrest, two passengers were removed separately from one another. Burke began reaching into his pockets near the rear of the vehicle. Tpr. Garrett observed on clear plastic baggie on the ground near him. When Tpr. Garrett asked the driver to identify himself, the driver became defensive and refused to provide any information, stating that he wanted an attorney. The driver continued refusal as to his identity for the duration and had to be positively identified at the Charles County Detention Center. He was identified as Jason Daniel Burke, 22 years of Waldorf. Burke had an open warrant through the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County, as well as an open Criminal Summons, through Charles County. Burke was charged with the following: possession of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

On April 16, 2007, at approximately 12:50 a.m., Tpr. J. Wilson had stationary radar setup on Indian Head Highway at Laurel Drive, when he observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Indian head highway at a high rate of speed. The radar unit indicated the vehicle was traveling 62 mph in a posted 40 mph speed zone. The vehicle’s driver’s side headlight was also inoperable. Tpr. Wilson attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle with lights and siren activated. The vehicle slowed down to 20 mph however, it did not stop immediately. Tpr. Wilson shined his spotlight and observed furtive movements from the driver in the area of the passenger seat. It took the driver approximately 1 mile to stop the vehicle. Tpr. Wilson made contact with the driver, Joezer Alexander Boyd, 22 years, of Indian Head, MD, who was identified by his MD driver’s license, and immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Boyd’s speech was extremely slurred and he was having a hard time keeping his eyes open. Tpr. Wilson had Boyd perform field sobriety test, which he failed. Boyd was then arrested for driving under the influence. During the search incident to arrest revealed a small plastic baggie in Boyd’s pocket. In the small plastic baggie were two small blue pills with “teddy bears” stamped into each, which was identified as Ecstacy. The search also revealed a cigarette soaked in liquid, PCP. The cigarette was found in a pouch on the front of the driver’s seat, wrapped in tin foil and sealed in a sandwich type plastic bag. Boyd was then transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for initial processing, then transported to the Charles County Detention Center for criminal processing. Boyd was charged with the following: driving under the influence of alcohol; driving under the influence of alcohol per se; driving while impaired by alcohol; exceeding the maximum speed and failure to properly equip and locate headlamps on motor vehicle. Boyd was also issued a Safety Equipment Repair Order for the inoperable headlight. Boyd was charged criminally for: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule 3 and 1, to wit: P.C.O. and Ecstacy.

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