LA PLATA, Md. - The La Plata Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) today released the following incident and arrest reports.
FLEEING IN STOLEN VEHICLE: On June 28, 2007 at approximately 6:10 p.m., Tpr. W. Jenkins was on routine patrol traveling north on Post Office Road, north of St. Charles Parkway when he a white Ford Thunderbird made a left turn from October Place onto Post Office Road directly in front of him. A computer check through MILES/NCIC revealed the vehicle was stolen from Prince Georges County. The driver of the vehicle backed onto Light Arms Place and pulled into a parking space directly in front of Tpr. Jenkins. Tpr. Jenkins approached the vehicle without his emergency equipment activated, when the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle lost control skidding sideways and striking a crosswalk sign. Then vehicle then continued in a skid until it came to rest striking a bicycle in from of a residence on Barrington Drive, just west of Post Office road. There were numerous small children and adults that almost got struck by the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Terry Avein Johnson, 22 years of Upper Marlboro, MD. Johnson did not have a drivers license and had an outstanding Bench Warrant for failure to appear in Prince Georges County, for theft less than $500. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for initial processing. He was then transported to the Charles County Detention Center to be seen by the District Court Commissioner. Johnson received numerous traffic citations for fleeing and eluding; he was also charged with motor vehicle theft.
DRIVING WHILE SMOKING MARIJUANA: On July 1, 2007, at approximately 1:10 a.m., Trooper J. Wiersma was on routine patrol at southbound Route 5, north of Route 915 when he observed a vehicle that was stopped an entire vehicle length ahead of the painted white stop line, partially in the intersection for a red light. Tpr. Wiersma initiated his emergency light to stop the vehicle when the light turned green. The vehicle did not stop right away, but traveled slowly until it finally came to a stop on westbound Pika Drive. Upon making contact with the occupants, Tpr. Wiersma immediately detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. All three juvenile occupants were nervous, their eyes were glassy and bloodshot. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed one partially burnt marijuana blunt which was located inside a McDonalds cup, inside a trash bag, on the rear bench seat.
All three occupants were arrested for possession of CDS/Marijuana. Two of the juveniles were charged and released to the custody of their parents from the Maryland State Police Barrack. One other juvenile was charged at the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack, then was transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing completion.