LA PLATA, Md. - The La Plata Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) today released the following incident and arrest reports.
On May 17, 2007, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Trooper J. Wilson was working RADAR on Crain Highway, just north of VFW Road, when he observed a vehicle traveling northbound at what seemed to be a high rate of speed. Tpr. Wilson obtained a reading on his RADAR Unit that the vehicle was traveling 77 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Tpr. Wilson initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, a red Dodge Magnum. Tpr. Wilson made contact with the driver, Odell Gregory Gilliam, 35 years of Washington D.C., who was identified by his D.C. license. Tpr. Wilson noticed Gilliams eyes were red and watery and his speech was slightly slurred. There was a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. Tpr. Wilson had Gilliam perform standardized field sobriety test, which he failed. Gilliam was then arrested for driving under the influence. The passenger, Cornel Arthur Pearson was removed from the vehicle and the vehicle was searched incident to arrest. A partially burned marijuana cigarette was found in the ash tray of the vehicle, which Gilliam stated that it was his and not Pearsons. Gilliam was transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for processing. He was then transported to the Charles County Detention Center for further processing. Gilliam was charged with the following: Did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana; and the following citations: DUI; DUI Per SE; DWI and exceeding the maximum speed limit.
On May 21, 2007, at approximately 10:48 a.m., Trooper K. Clark responded to a 911 simulcast in Waldorf, involving a domestic dispute at Lakewood Drive, Waldorf, Maryland. It was reported that mace and a baseball bat were used. Upon Tpr. Clarks arrival, he observed four individuals standing around a 2001 Honda. The front passenger window of the Honda was shattered and Tpr. Clark observed the baseball bat and evidence of mace having been discharged. The investigation revealed that Curtis A. Graham and Rachelle Lucas became involved in a dispute over the custody of a child. The incident resulted in Curtis Anthony Graham, 42 years, of Waldorf, assaulting Lucas in the first degree with a baseball bat. Graham was also charged with Malicious Destruction of Property for breaking the window and mirror off Lucas vehicle. Graham was transported to the Charles County Detection Center for processing. Additional charges are pending.