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 May 24, 2007, at approximately 1400 hours, Trooper R. Wilt was on foot patrol during a Field Sobriety Checkpoint. Sergeant J. LeMay notified Tpr. Wilt that there was a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle’s interior. The driver, Ashley Nicole Hill, 19 years, of Faulkner, MD, was advised to pull her vehicle to the side of the road for further investigation. As Tpr. Wilt approached the vehicle, he also detected a very strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle’s interior. A search of the vehicle revealed a blue and gold box, and one plastic baggie containing marijuana. Hill was placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for initial processing. She was then transported to the Charles County Detention Center for further processing. Hill was charged with: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana; and did possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit: one blue and gold box containing marijuana and one plastic green baggie containing marijuana, used to store/contain/conceal a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana.

On May 24, 2007, at approximately 1400 hours, during a Field Sobriety Checkpoint, Trooper J. Wilson responded to a request for backup by Trooper R. Hill, when Tpr. Hill observed a silver Dodge truck traveling westbound on Marshall Corner Road, when the driver observed the checkpoint, stopped in the roadway, and put his vehicle in reverse. While the vehicle was in reverse, another vehicle had to swerve and go around the truck. Tpr. Hill then made contact with the driver, Robert W. Vermillion, 37 years, of Nanjemoy, MD. While Tpr. Hill was speaking with Vermillion, he smelled an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Trooper Hill then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and found two Marlboro cigarette packs containing marijuana and an aluminum foil smoking device in the driver’s side door. Vermillion was then placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing. Vermillion 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: aluminum foil smoking device, used to ingest/inhale/introduce into the human body by inhalation a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana.

On May 25, 2007 at approximately 1025 hours, Sgt. K. Force (MSP) was patrolling northbound on U.S. Route 301, south of Fairgrounds Road, when she observed the right front seat passenger in a white Hyunda not restrained by his seat belt. She activated her emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop. As the vehicle was pulling over, she observed the right front passenger make furtive movements towards the passenger side floorboard. Upon approaching the vehicle she made contact with the right front seat passenger, David Britton Houck, 30 years, of Baltimore, MD, and informed him of the seat belt violation. While Sgt. Force was speaking with Houck, she observed him to be visibly nervous and would not make eye contact. Sgt. Force returned to her vehicle, and TFC W. Reaves arrived at the stop. TFC Reaves requested Houck to exit the vehicle so he could speak with him. When Houck exited the vehicle, TFC Reaves observed a metal smoking device containing marijuana residue on the front passenger seat where Houck was seated. Houck informed TFC Reaves that he had some marijuana in his bag on the floorboard. A search of the bag revealed on plastic baggie containing marijuana. Houck was placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing. Houck 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 metal smoking device, used to store/ contain/ inhale/ introduce into the human body by smoking a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana.

On May 24, 2007, at approximately 2232 hours, Tpr. K. Clark was traveling southbound on Route 5, south of Pika Drive, Waldorf, Charles County, MD, when he observed a black Ford F350 cross the center line two times and stop in the middle of the roadway. Tpr. Clark activated his emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Tpr. Clark made contact with the driver, Claude William Peterman Jr., 52 years, of Port Tobacco, MD. While speaking with Peterman, Tpr. Clark detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Peterman’s speech was slurred. Peterman was asked to exit his vehicle to perform standardized field sobriety test, which he performed unsatisfactorily. Peterman was placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed a clear, plastic, parsley flake bottle containing PCP. Peterman was transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for initial processing, then he transported to the Charles County Detention Center for further processing. Peterman received numerous citations and was also charged with the following: did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule II, to wit: PCP; and did use/possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit: one clear plastic bottle, used to store/contain/conceal a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: PCP.

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