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.

DRUGS IN VEHICLE: On October 1, 2007 at approximately 9:13 p.m., Tpr. R. Wilt was using a Lidar, Pro Laser III on Maryland Route 5 at Maryland Route 231 when he observed a vehicle traveling in lane #1 passing traffic in lane #2. Tpr. Wilt activated the lidar/laser unit which calculated a speed of 68 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. Tpr. Wilt activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. Tpr. Wilt observed the driver tossing a large, lit blunt from the driver’s side window. Tpr. Wilts driver side window was down and he was struck by a very strong odor of marijuana. The vehicle of pursuit was identified as a Honda Accord, and was failing to stop. Tpr. Wilt called for back-up, and the vehicle continued to travel for 1.3 miles before it finally came to a complete stop. Upon Tpr. Wilt’s approach to the vehicle, he noticed a tremendous amount of smoke emitting from the vehicle’s interior which had a very strong and distinct odor of burnt marijuana. The driver, Darren E. Cole, 20 years of Mechanicsville, and passenger, Christopher M. Quade, 21 years of Mechanicsville, and two juvenile passengers were removed from the vehicle and placed in hand cuffs. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggie containing 1.2 grams of greenish-brown leafy substance suspected marijuana was discovered. A further search of the vehicle’s interior also revealed 3 burnt marijuana cigarettes. All subjects were placed under arrest and charged with possession of CDS marijuana and paraphernalia. The juveniles were released to their parents and Quade and Cole were transported to the Charles County Detention Center for further processing.

DUI/DWI, DRUGS: On October 4, 2007, at approximately 0154 hours, Tpr. J. Wilson was conducting stationary radar operations when he observed a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed. The radar displayed a reading that the vehicle was traveling 75 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Tpr. Wilson initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, a blue Mitsubishi Lancer. Contact was made with the driver, Jennifer R. Noyes, 23 years, of Waldorf, when Tpr. Wilson smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. Tpr. Wilson conducted field sobriety on Noyes, which she failed. Search incident to arrest of the vehicle revealed a small plastic baggie of marijuana and a small plastic baggie containing 2 pills suspected of being ecstacy in a purse on the front seat. Noyes was placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police Barrack for processing. She was then transferred to the Charles County Detention Center for further processing. Noyes was charged with exceeding the maximum speed limit, DUI/DWI, and possession of CDS Marijuana and possession of CDS not marijuana.

DRUGS: On October 7, 2007 a radio simulcast was broadcast in reference to a driver slumped over the wheel of his vehicle in the parking lot of the South Potomac Church, White Plains, MD. Upon Tpr. J. Wiersma’s arrival, he observed Corporal E. Diggs, of the Maryland State Police making contact with the driver of the vehicle, at which time the driver stepped out. Cpl. Diggs stated to Tpr. Wiersma that the driver was sleeping on the steering wheel, the keys were in the ignition and the vehicle was running. Tpr. Wiersma made contact with the driver, Andrew Jay Riege, 40 years of La Plata. Riege eyes appeared very glassy and he displayed difficulty keeping them open. When Riege exited the vehicle he leaned on the driver’s side to help maintain his balance. Tpr. Wiersma performed standardized field sobriety test which Riege completed unsatisfactorily and was arrested for DUI. A search incident to arrest revealed a small metal silver spoon containing suspected CDS cocaine residue, a glass in construction clear CDS smoking device containing suspected CDS cocaine residue. A search of the vehicle incident to arrest revealed CDS paraphernalia consisting of a gold steel screening material which was discovered in the driver’s side front door. A small clear plastic sandwich baggie containing suspected CDS cocaine residue and a small round black ball of burnt pipe screen. A small burnt suspected CDS marijuana blunt was discovered in the center ash tray. Riege was transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for processing. He was later transported to the Charles County Detention Center for further processing. Riege was charged with did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule II, to wit cocaine; did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule I, to wit: marijuana and did possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

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