Speeding, Fleeing, Eluding

Speeding, Fleeing, Eluding
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WHALEYVILLE — A local man was arrested on fleeing and eluding charges and driving on a suspended out-of-state license last weekend after a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over for speeding.

Around 7:30 p.m. last Friday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the area of Whaleyville Rd. observed a Ford F-350 truck going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. The deputy turned around in an attempt to stop the truck when it abruptly turned onto Murray Rd. The deputy continued to follow the truck as it turned onto Peerless Rd.

The deputy caught up to the truck on Peerless Rd. near Campbelltown Rd. and activated his emergency lights, but the vehicle continued on for about a mile before turning into a field where the driver, later identified as Dominick Mann, 22, of Bishopville, surrendered. Mann was found to be driving on a suspended out-of-state license from California. He was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, driving on a suspended license and associated traffic violations.

Three-Vehicle Crash Results In DWI Arrest

BERLIN — A local woman was charged with drunk-driving and negligent driving this week after a three-vehicle accident on Tuesday during which she allegedly drifted to the right side of the road and struck an unattended and disabled vehicle.

Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the area of Route 50 and Hall Rd. near Berlin for a reported motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. The investigation revealed a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by Addeline Schenk, 21, of Pittsville, traveled into the right shoulder and struck a BMW passenger vehicle which was unoccupied and disabled on the side of the highway.

During the collision, a tire from the BMW became disabled and came to rest in a lane of traffic on Route 50. A third vehicle, a Ford Explorer, struck the tire in the road, causing the vehicle to lose control and strike a guardrail. No injuries were reported.

When troopers contacted Schenk, a strong odor of alcohol was detected on her breath and person. Schenk was administered a battery of field sobriety tests, which she did not pass to the officers’ satisfaction. Schenk was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, driving under the influence and negligent driving.

Heroin Bust

BISHOPVILLE — A routine traffic stop in Bishopville this week resulted in the arrest of a local man on drug charges and traffic violations.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling in the area of Peerless Rd. and Route 113 in Bishopville stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and several moving violations. During the traffic stop, deputies learned the driver, identified as Shawn Patrick Murray, 23, of Berlin, did not possess a valid driver’s license.

Maryland State Police troopers arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and a scan of the vehicle by K-9 “Faro” resulted in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of suspected heroin under the rear seat. Murray was placed under arrest and charged with possession of heroin and traffic violations. A background check revealed Murray has five pending or active cases involving drug violations.

Two Arrested After New Year’s Eve Incident

OCEAN CITY — Two Maryland men were arrested on a variety of charges last weekend after a New Year’s Eve incident at a midtown restaurant and bar.

Around 12:45 a.m. last Saturday, an OCPD officer was on a business check at Fager’s Island when a manager advised him an intoxicated male refused to leave the premises. The officer observed two individuals later identified as Joshua Rothman, 25, and Zachary Stevens, 24, both of Highland, Md., attempt to walk back into the establishment.

According to police reports, Rothman started to exit, but changed direction and walked back toward the officer in an aggressive manner and launched expletives at the officer. According to police reports, it became apparent at that time Rothman was not going to leave the property voluntarily and the officer walked over and placed the suspect’s hands behind his back and attempted to handcuff him.

At that point, Stevens came over and grabbed the officer’s arm, saying “get the [expletive deleted] off him you [expletive deleted].” Bar staff pulled Stevens away as the officer continued to attempt to handcuff Rothman. Meanwhile, the bar staff continued to have words with Stevens, who attempted to walk across the parking lot and hide from the officer. Stevens was located and taken into custody. Rothman was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, while Stevens was charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Knock Out Punch Leads To Assault Arrest

OCEAN CITY — A Westminster man faces assault charges this week after getting into a scrap with a group of other men on New Year’s Day including one individual allegedly knocked out cold for several minutes.

Around 1:50 a.m. last Friday, an Ocean City Police officer responded to an assault that had already occurred. The officer was met by an individual who told police his friends had been punched and knocked unconscious by a suspect later identified a Nicholas Bower, 30, of Westminster.

Several people in the area yelled to the officer Bower had knocked out their friend and that the officer needed to arrest Bower, according to police reports. Throughout the incident, Bower was observed yelling and screaming at the individuals gathered in the street, according to police reports.

One of the individuals told the OCPD officer he and his friends were leaving an area bar when Bower approached them and said something derogatory in their direction. The witness said Bower than hit one of his friends, knocking him unconscious when his head hit the pavement. Bower then allegedly struck another member of the group several times in the face. The witness told police the first victim had been knocked unconscious for as long as five minutes.

The first victim was observed to have a laceration on his head and told police he didn’t remember anything about the incident. The second victim showed signs of being struck several times in the face. Bower was taken into custody and agreed to speak with officers. He denied being in any fight, but had blood on his right hand. He was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree assault and disturbing the peace.

Assault Charges After Man Punches Woman Holding Child

OCEAN CITY — A Newark, Del. man faces assault and drug charges this week after allegedly striking a woman and her infant during a domestic incident in the downtown area last week.

Around 4:30 p.m. last Thursday, an OCPD officer was dispatched to the area of St. Louis Ave. for a reported domestic assault in progress. The officer arrived and identified a male as John Williams, 25, of Newark, Del.

The officer spoke to female victim, who told police Williams had punched her in the face roughly three times. The victim told police she was holding her one-year-old daughter at the time and that Williams had also struck the child in the course of punching her. The adult victim was observed with a swollen left eye. Williams was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

During a search incident to the arrest, officers located a Ziploc bag in Williams’ sock containing marijuana. After Williams was transported from the scene, the officer located on the ground another bag containing 28 individual baggies of marijuana in the same area where Williams bent over to pick up his dog. In addition to the assault charges, Williams had charges of possession and possession with intent to distribute added on.