LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 14, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT: On April 12 at 1:31 p.m. the Reconstruction Team responded to Three Notch Rd. and New Market Turner Rd. in Mechanicsville for a serious motor vehicle collision. Investigation revealed a black 2001 Chevrolet Impala, Md. registration, driven by Carlton Keith Wright, 70, of Nanjemoy, was traveling eastbound on New Market Turner Rd. approaching Three Notch Rd. Wright had a flashing red signal at the intersection. A blue 2004 Dodge Stratus, Md. registration, driven by Brian Ashley Copsey, 24, of Mechanicsville, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Rd. approaching New Market Turner Rd. Copsey had a flashing yellow signal. Wright failed to yield right of way to Copsey's vehicle while crossing the intersection and was struck on the driver's side. The impact sent Wright's vehicle into a curb causing the vehicle to overturn. Wright was flown to Prince George's County Hospital by MSP Trooper 7 where he succumbed to his injuries. Wright's wife/passenger, Joan Wright, 70, was flown by MSP Trooper 2 to Prince George's Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts. Copsey was flown by US Park Police Eagle 2 to Prince George's Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt. It is not believed speed or alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact DFC Timothy Reese at 301-475-4200 ext. 9115.
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On April 11 at 3:30 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in Mechanicsville for the report of a subject discharging a firearm in a residential area. Investigation revealed William H. Lewis, age 43, of Mechanicsville was involved in an altercation with the male victim over family issues. Lewis exited his residence and discharged a .380 caliber handgun at the victims then retreated back inside the residence. The victims were not injured as a result of the gunfire. Contact was made with Lewis without incident. A record's check revealed Lewis to be a convicted felon who was in possession of a firearm. Lewis was placed under arrest, charged with two counts of Reckless Endangerment, Possession of a Regulated Firearm by a Convicted Felon and incarcerated in the Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.