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.

STOLEN VEHICLE TAGS: On April 24, 2007 at approximately 1910 hours, Tpr. R. Garrett responded to southbound Crain Highway in the area of Acton Lane, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland to assist Captain N. Dofflemyer, Maryland State Police on a traffic stop. Captain Dofflemyer advised that he was behind an older style white Pontiac Fiero, bearing MD registration, in his unmarked State Police vehicle. After running the registration on the Pontiac through Capwin, a state-wide automated system, from his computer to check the expiration/validity of a peeling sticker, Captain Dofflemyer advised that the tag was returning listed to a Dodge instead of a Pontiac. Captain Dofflemyer also received a hit that the aforementioned tag displayed on the Pontiac had been reported stolen through Prince George’s County. The tag, which was displayed on a white 1986 Pontiac Fiero, returned to a 2002 Dodge.

Captain Dofflemyer awaited the response of additional units to respond to the area prior to initiating a traffic stop on the vehicle. He also advised dispatch to confirm if the tag was stolen. The vehicle stop was initiated at approximately 1914 hours by Captain Dofflemyer. Upon contact with the driver, Troy Maurice Law, 36 years, of Clinton, MD, was identified by his Maryland Identification Card. A subsequent check through MVA revealed that Law is revoked and suspended through the State of Maryland.

Law was placed under arrest for possession of two reported stolen tags, which had been confirmed and reported stolen through Prince George’s County Police. Law was criminally charged with theft less than $100 for the Possession of two (2) stolen/recovered Maryland registration tags. In addition he was charged with related traffic offenses to include the following: Driving on Revoked License and Privilege; Driving on Suspended license and Privilege; Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle; Fail to Display Registration Card on Demand; Driving Without Current Tags; Displaying Registration Plate Issued to Another; Unauthorized Display and Use of Registration Plate; Driving Uninsured Vehicle; and Failure to Notify Adm. Of Address Change. Law was transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending bond review.

DUI & CDS ARREST: On April 27, 2007, at approximately 2118 hours, TFC J. Edelen was traveling northbound on Route 210 in the area of Frasier Drive, Bryans Road, Charles County, MD, when he observed a silver Toyota bearing MD registration cross the solid white line three times. TFC Edelen activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. TFC Edelen made contact with the driver, Theoplis (NMN) Broom Jr., 28 years of La Plata, MD, who was identified by his MD driver’s license. While TFC Edelen was speaking with the Broom, he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. TFC Edelen conducted the standard sobriety field test, to which Broom performed poorly and was placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed two ziplock baggies containing marijuana in the ashtray of the vehicle. Broom was transported to the Charles County Detention Center pending bond review. Broom was charged with the following: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana; did use drug paraphernalia, to wit: Plastic baggie used to pack/repack/store a controlled dangerous substance of Schedule I to wit: marijuana; driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, and negligent driving.

INDECENT EXPOSURE: On April 29, 2007, at approximately 0216 hours, TFC S. Murphy responded to the International House of Pancakes, Waldorf, and Charles County, MD to assist Trooper R. Wilt with an indecent exposure complaint. Upon TFC Murphy’s arrival, Trooper Wilt advised him that he was working part time at the establishment when he was contacted by an employee Tasha Chaffins. Chaffins advised Wilt that she observed two subjects unzip their pants and expose their penis’s to a booth full of customers.

The first subject was identified by his MD driver’s license as Thomas Martin Chinault Jr., 34 years, of Lusby, Maryland, and the second subject was identified by his MD driver’s license as Matthew Adam Westerfield, 22 years, of Waldorf, MD. After speaking to Chaffins, Trooper Wilt located and placed both subjects under arrest.

Trooper Wilt contacted two other witnesses, and the first witness verbally identified herself as Simon Ahlam Mohamed. Mohamed informed Trooper Wilt that she was sitting in a booth when she saw the two males that were identified, unzip their pants and expose their penises. After interviewing Mohamed, Trooper Wilt contacted Deborah Simmons. Simmons advised she was standing at the sink when she saw the young man pull his penis out of his pants. Both subjects were transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing. Chinault and Westerfield were both charged with the following: did indecently expose his person in a public place, to wit: Penis to Simon Ahlam Mohamed; and did indecently expose his person in a public place, to wit: Penis to Tasha Chaffins.

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