Citizens Help Nab Hit-And-Run Driver

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BERLIN — A Berlin man was arrested on drunk-driving charges after a hit-and-run collision on Route 113 near Berlin after witnesses followed him and forced him to pull over.

Around 4:30 p.m. last Friday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reported hit-and-run collision on southbound Route 113 near Jarvis Rd. Upon arrival, troopers learned a red GMC pick-up truck driven by Pedro Gallardo-Trinidad, 53, of Berlin, had failed to drive in a single lane and struck a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and then failed to stop and remain at the scene.

Witnesses to the collision assisted police by catching up to the truck and directing Gallardo-Trinidad to pull over to the side of the road to wait for the MSP troopers. During the subsequent investigation, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was detected on Gallardo-Trinidad’s breath and he showed signs of impairment, according to police reports.

After a battery of field sobriety tests, Gallardo-Trinidad was arrested on suspicions of driving while impaired. At the MSP Berlin barrack, the suspect agreed to a BAC test, the results of which were .20. He was then charged with DUI and related charges for the collision. No injuries were reported for the drivers or the passengers.


Burglary, Drunk Driving Arrest

WHALEYVILLE — A Pittsville woman was arrested on burglary and other charges after entering a house in Whaleyville uninvited, arguing with the residents and then being found intoxicated in her vehicle in the driveway.

Around 8:15 p.m. last Friday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Sheppards Crossing Road in Whaleyville for a reported burglary. The deputies met with the complainant, who told the officers a drunk female had entered the back door of her residence without permission. After a short argument ensued between the residents and the drunk female, the suspect exited the residence through the front door.

Shortly thereafter, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect, identified as Diana Griffin, 32, of Pittville, who was seated in her vehicle in the driveway. Griffin was asked to roll down the window and the deputy immediately detected to strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The deputy also noted the suspect’s eyes were bloodshot and her words were slurred.

The deputy asked Griffin to step out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests, but she refused several times. Griffin was ultimately placed under arrest after resisting multiple attempts. She was charged with fourth-degree burglary, DWI, DUI, violating an alcohol restriction and resisting arrest.


Pre-Sentence Investigation Ordered After Burglary Plea

OCEAN CITY — A Baltimore woman was arrested on first-degree burglary and other charges last August after breaking into a resort residence and getting caught hiding behind a couch entered an Alford plea to third-degree burglary this week and now awaits her fate pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Around 7 a.m. last Aug. 30, an OCPD officer responded to a residence on 12th Street for a reported burglary that had already occurred. One of the residents told the officer at around 6:45 a.m., he went into the living room and found a window open and an unidentified woman hiding behind a couch. The woman told the victim she was let in by a man and that she was looking for someone but must be in the wrong house.

The victims told the suspect, later identified as Gail Elizabeth Evans, 50, of Baltimore, to leave and she did. The victims followed Evans as she walked north on the Boardwalk as far as 18th Street. When the victims returned to the residence, they discovered around $15 in one dollar bills was missing from a table in the living room. The victims were able to provide a description of Evans to police and the description was broadcasted about 20 minutes after the first encounter with at the residence.

About 15 minutes later, an OCPD officer reported from the area of 30th Street he had observed a female matching Evans’ description changing her shirt and hat and pushing a baby stroller. When the officer confronted Evans, she was not able to explain why she had changed her shirt and hat, according to police reports. Evans was then detained because she matched the description of the suspect and because of her unusual behavior.

Around 7:55 a.m., the original OCPD officer on the case brought one of the victims to the area of 31st Street to identify the suspect. The victim indicated he was 100 percent certain Evans was the suspect he had observed in the residence. Evans was placed under arrest and a search of her person was conducted. During a search of her belongings was found suspected marijuana and paraphernalia, currency in the amount of $163, a Cannon SD 780SI camera, metal knuckles and a fighting knife.

The OCPD officer on scene informed the officer back at the residence of what was found on Evans’ person. One of the victims then checked her purse on the kitchen table and discovered an additional $150 in cash and a Cannon camera were missing. This week, she entered an Alford plea to third-degree burglary and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered.


Two Injured In Route 113 Crash

SNOW HILL — Two people received minor injuries in an accident on Route 113 near Public Landing Rd. on Monday.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reported accident on Route 113 at Public Landing Rd. in Snow Hill. The investigation revealed a Toyota Forerunner driven by Martha Pusey, 54, of Snow Hill, was heading east on Bay Street and continuing on Public Landing Rd. A Volvo truck driven by Tommy Lee Harmon, 40, of Oak Hall, Va., was traveling north on Route 113.

The investigation revealed the driver of the Toyota failed to yield the right-of-way to the truck while crossing Route 113 and the two vehicles collided. Both drivers sustained minor injuries and were transported to PRMC. The intersection of Route 113 and Bay Street is controlled by a red flashing signal and a stop sign.

The driver of the Toyota was cited for negligent driving and failure to yield the right-of-way.


Charges After Accident

BERLIN — A Frankford, Del. man was arrested on drunk-driving charges last weekend after his vehicle left the roadway on Route 113 at Route 589 and crashed through a fence before hitting a tree.

Shortly before 10 p.m. last Sunday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reported single vehicle accident on Route 113 at Route 589 near Showell. The investigation revealed a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck driven by Timothy Hudson, 51, of Frankford, failed to navigate a sharp, 90-degree turn. The vehicle left the roadway and drove through a fence before coming to a rest after striking a tree. Hudson was transported to PRMC for evaluation and treatment. He has been charged with driving under the influence and driving while impaired.


Ditch Accident

BERLIN — A Newark, Md. man was arrested on drunk-driving charges last week after driving off the road on Route 12 near Girdletree and crashing into a ditch.

Around 11:30 p.m. last Friday, Maryland State Police troopers were dispatched to the area of southbound Route 12 in Girdletree for a reported single-vehicle accident. The investigation revealed a Ford Mustang driven by Paul Hudson, 37, of Newark, was traveling south on Route 12 when the vehicle left the roadway and traveled into a ditch.

While troopers were speaking to Hudson, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was detected. After a battery of field sobriety tests was administered, Hudson was arrested for driving under the influence. Once at the Berlin barrack, Hudson refused an alcohol concentration test. He was charged with DUI and related traffic charges for the collision. Hudson was not injured and was released to a sober party from the MSP barrack.


Cable Box Swiped To Watch Wrestling

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on first-degree burglary and other charges this week after allegedly breaking into a vacant seasonal residence in the resort and swiping a cable box before running up hundreds of dollars in pay-per-view programs including professional wrestling. On April 11, an OCPD officer was dispatched to a residence on 146th Street for … Continue reading

Burglarly, Theft Arrests

BERLIN — Three area residents were arrested on burglary and theft charges last week after allegedly breaking into a residence that had been involved in a fire a week earlier. Around 2:15 a.m. last Friday, Berlin Police were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at a residence on Bay Street. Early last Friday morning, area residents observed a suspect … Continue reading

DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Charges

OCEAN CITY — A Baltimore man was arrested for possessing multiple dangerous and deadly weapons early Wednesday morning after a routine drunk-driving traffic stop in north Ocean City. Around 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, an OCPD officer was on patrol in the area of 128th Street and Assawoman Drive and observed a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction fail to stop … Continue reading

Major Dealer Busted

WEST OCEAN CITY- Multiple law enforcement agencies last week teamed up on the arrest of an alleged significant heroin dealer operating in Worcester and lower Delaware at a parking lot in West Ocean City. Last week, the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team initiated a joint heroin distribution investigation with the Delaware State Police, the Sussex Drug Unit and the Ocean … Continue reading