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MDOT MVA, State Troopers and Local Law Enforcement Officers Warn Motorists of Impaired Driving Risk During Fourth of July Weekend

JESSUP, MD (July 2, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and law enforcement officials are touting the success of the elite State Police Impaired DRiving Effort – or SPIDRE – team, and are urging motorists to plan for a safe and sober ride during the Fourth of July weekend or risk the consequences of being caught in SPIDRE’s web.

“It’s unacceptable that impaired driving crashes account for one-third of Maryland roadway fatalities each year,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, who also serves as Governor Larry Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative. “In order to arrive safely at your destination, buckle up and drive sober. If you are drinking, make a plan for a safe ride home.”

Between 2014 and 2018, 731 people died and nearly 11,000 were injured in drug and/or alcohol-involved crashes in Maryland. Administrator Nizer joined state and local officials today at the Maryland State Police (MSP) barrack in Howard County to discuss reducing fatalities and Fourth of July weekend safety.

“One of the highest priorities for Maryland State Police is to ensure the safety of all those traveling on Maryland roads and highways,” said Maj. Roland Butler, assistant chief of the MSP Field Operations Bureau. “The injuries and fatalities that occur as a result of someone’s poor decision to get behind the wheel while impaired are preventable, which is why we continue to stress the importance of sober driving.”

Formed in 2013, SPIDRE is a specially trained team of seven troopers who work in targeted areas where impaired driving is a leading cause of death and injury. Since its inception SPIDRE has been responsible for more than 3,000 arrests for suspected driving under the influence. Team members train other state police troopers and local law enforcement officers, and partner with local police departments and agencies to reduce alcohol related crashes throughout Maryland. MSP and MDOT provide funding for this effort.

“We’re proud to partner with the SPIDRE team to make our roads safer,” said Baltimore County Police Department Lt. Steve Scherba, who attended Tuesday’s event. “If you drive under the influence, you will be caught.”

Besides the risk of causing injury or death, driving under the influence or while intoxicated may result in an arrest, jail time, extensive legal costs and fines. Under the 2016 implementation of Noah’s Law, drivers convicted of DUI are also required to participate in Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Program.

Consequences for first-time and repeat DUI/DWI offenders will increase on October 1, 2019, including:

  • an increase in maximum sentencing for third-time offenders from three to five years, and from three to 10 years for fourth-time offenders;
  • an additional penalty of up to 10 years in prison for a DUI/DWI offender with a prior conviction who causes death or life-threatening injury while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs;
  • an increase in jail time from three to five years for anyone convicted of vehicular homicide while impaired by drugs, and from five to 10 years if the offender has a prior DUI/DWI; and
  • doubling the penalty for first-time and subsequent offenders if they transport a minor while impaired.

As drivers take to the road during the Independence Day holiday, MDOT MVA reminds drivers to be patient, leave extra time and avoid aggressive driving as heavy traffic volume is anticipated. To plan ahead, visit www.md511.org for traffic information or connect to 511 from a hands-free mobile device.

The state is working to reduce crashes due to impaired driving and other causes through its Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and its success is due to the involvement of the law enforcement community. Learn more about the MDOT Highway Safety Office’s Toward Zero Deaths campaign at towardzerodeathsmd.com, on Facebook at @towardzerodeathsmd, on Twitter at @tzd_maryland, and on Instagram at twdzerodeaths_md.

Contact: Kellie Boulware, MDOT MVA, 410-762-5188

One Killed and Several Injured in Caroline County Crash

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One person was killed and several injured in a two vehicle crash this morning in Caroline County.

The person fatally injured is identified as Michaela D. Coulbourn, 50, of Preston, Md. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Coulbourn was the driver and only occupant of a 2005 Cadillac passenger car.

The driver of the 2013 Ford bus is identified as Rome E. Brittingham Jr., 68, of Denton, Md. Mr. Brittingham was driving a state-owned bus that was providing county transportation for individuals to an adult care facility.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. today, troopers from the Easton Barracks were dispatched to the crash that occurred on Bethlehem Rd. (Rt. 528), one-tenth of a mile east of Newton Rd., in Preston, Md.

Arriving troopers found the Cadillac and Ford bus had collided and the bus had overturned onto its side. EMS and fire personnel responded to the scene and transported the bus driver, his assistant, and the five people being driven to the care facility to Easton Memorial Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions as they approached each other on Bethlehem Rd. For reasons unclear at this time, the Cadillac apparently drifted across the centerline and into the path of the oncoming Ford bus. The bus driver tried to avoid the collision, but the Cadillac struck the bus on the driver’s side near the rear axle, causing the bus to overturn.

The investigation is continuing.

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State Police: Bank Robbery in Millington

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On November 28, 2014 at approximately 12:30 PM, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the Centreville Barrack responded to the Peoples Bank located in the 30000 Block of River Road, Millington MD for a report of anArmed Robbery. Responding Troopers discovered that an unknown suspect entered the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded currency from the tellers. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 5’7’’ 170 lbs, wearing a fake black beard, flannel jacket with a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants, gray brimmed hat, black sunglasses and black leather gloves. Suspect was last seen fleeing the bank on a blue bicycle with an undisclosed amount of US Currency towards the area of River Park Road then entering a silver/gray passenger vehicle (unknown make or model) with no front license plate. The vehicle was then seen traveling in the area of east bound Rt 291 towards the town ofMillington driven by another unknown suspect. The MSP Centreville Barrack, MSP K-9 MSP Aviation, MSP Crime Lab and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with any information related to this incident or anyone who observed any suspicious circumstances is urged to contact TFC. Flamma # 5970 of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at 410-758-1101.

 

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Queenstown Bank in Church Hill Robbed; Suspect Not Apprehended Yet

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On October 22, 2014 at approximately 11:30 AM, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the Centreville Barrack responded to the Queenstown Bank located in the 400 Block of Main Street, Church Hill Maryland for the report of a robbery. Responding Troopers discovered that an unknown suspect entered the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded currency from the tellers.

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The suspect was described as a black male with facial hair, approximately 5’7” to 5’9” tall, medium build, wearing a two tone gray hooded jacket, black cargo-style pants, black sneakers,gray gloves, a black and gray umbrella, and a thin black cloth covering his face. The suspect fled the bank on foot before eluding capture possibly in a silver or gray Chrysler passenger vehicle. Among he money stolen from the bank were numerous $2 bills of United States Currency.

The MarylandDepartment of Natural Resources Police K-9, FBI, MSP K-9, MSP Aviation, MSP Centreville Barrack, MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, MSP Crime Lab, and the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff assisted with the investigation. At this time the investigation is continuing, and any citizens with information regarding this investigation are urged to contact TFC Kyle Simms #5775 ; Criminal Enforcement Division Southern Command Upper Shore at 410-758-1101.

Eastern Shore Teen Missing from Youth Center in Kent County

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Maryland State Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a critically missing teenager who walked off from an Eastern Shore youth counseling facility last week.

The youth is identified as Hunter C. Lemp, 17, who is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, 175
pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue sweatshirt and black pants. Lemp has family in Parsonsburg and Mardela Springs, Md. He may attempt to contact family members in either location.

Hunter LempOn the morning of August 28, 2014, Maryland State Police from the Centreville Barrack were dispatched to Kent Youth Inc., in the 7500-block of Quaker Neck Road, Chestertown, Md., for a report of a missing person. Troopers were told Lemp had apparently walked off from the facility and was last seen about 5:30 a.m. that day.

Troopers conducted a search for Lemp and entered his description as a missing person in law enforcement databases. His information was provided to law enforcement agencies throughout the
region. The Eastern Shore Information Center also issued a lookout to police departments.

The initial search failed to locate Lemp and police have developed no leads throughout the past
weekend. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division are now
involved in coordinating the ongoing search and investigation. The Maryland State Police Child

Recovery Unit has been notified and is providing assistance.

Lemp is not wanted for or charged with any crime. His family and State Police are concerned
about his welfare. Anyone with information about Lemp or who may have seen someone matching his
description, is urged to contact State Police immediately at the Centreville Barrack at 410-758-1101×7.

Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest in Port Deposit Murder

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A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered to anyone with relevant information leading police to an arrest in the murder of a Cecil County man found dead in his home yesterday in Port Deposit.

The victim is identified as Vincent M. Robertson, 47, of the unit-block of Green Lane, Port Deposit in Cecil County, Maryland. Autopsy results indicate Robertson suffered multiple gunshots to his upper torso. Emergency medical personnel pronounced Robertson dead at the scene.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on the morning of Monday, February 17, 2014, state troopers responded to Robertson’s residence after receiving a 9-1-1 call from paramedics requesting assistance. Upon arrival, troopers from the North East Barrack, were advised by medics Robertson was found lying in the dining room of the residence.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and initiated an investigation with continuing assistance from state police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division and crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. The Cecil County State’s Attorney’s office has been notified.

Investigators continue to interview witnesses and urge anyone with information to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). All callers may remain anonymous.

Fatal Car Accident in Millington

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An erratic driver who refused to stop for police in Delaware was killed early this morning when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a vacant house in Kent County, MD.

The man is identified as Adam M. Hughes, 25, of Clayton, Delaware. He wasp ronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Rt.291 and Crane Street, in Millington. His body will be taken to the Office of the ChiefMedical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. today, Maryland State Police at the Centreville Barrack were notified by Kent County central dispatch of a single vehicle crash that occurred in Millington. Responding troopers found Delaware police already on the scene where a 2004 Saturn SUV had crashed into a vacant house. The driver, later identified as Hughes, was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Maryland State Police learned the driver had been seen driving erratically in Delaware. An officer from the Clayton (DE) Police Department had attempted to stop the vehicle, believing the driver may have been operating under the influence. The driver refused to stop. Police followed the vehicle into Maryland on Rt. 291, attempting to stop. When the suspect vehicle neared Crane Street, the preliminary investigation indicates the driver ran off the right side of the road and struck a curb. The vehicle then crossed back over the centerline, rotated 180 degrees and ran off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility pole and then ran into the vacant house.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to conduct a detailed crash investigation. The investigation is continuing.

MSP Press Release: Five Kent Liquor Stores Caught Selling to Underage Police Cadets

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On Nov. 14, the Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack, with assistance from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, conducted alcohol compliance checks in Kent County Maryland with funding provided by the Kent County Health Department Addiction Services and Prevention Board.

The operation started at approximately 4:00 p.m.

During the operation, a Criminal Investigator and an MSP Cadet attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from stores within Kent County that hold a valid liquor license.  The MSP Cadet is under the age of 21 years old and was in possession of his Maryland Driver’s License.

A total of 10 [ten] stores were checked during the operation.  Those stores are:

Millington Liquors

Galena Mini Mart

Molly’s

Suds & Soda

Pip’s Liquors

Sunny’s

Lewes Dairy

Super Soda Center

C-Town Liquors

Plaza Tapatia

Out of those stores, 5 [Five] sales of alcohol were completed.  Those stores completing the sale to the MSP Cadet were;

Galena Mini Mart

Lewes Dairy

Super Soda Center

C-Town Liquors

Plaza Tapatia.

All of the stores that completed the sale were notified of the sale at the time the sale was completed.  Reports for the sales will be completed and forwarded to the Kent County Liquor Inspector and the Kent County Liquor Board.

 
The five stores that refused to sell alcoholic beverages to the underage cadet are to be commended.  All license holders are reminded to always check for valid identification from potential customers and to never sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.  
 
Lt. Dwayne Boardman
Maryland State Police
Centreville Barrack
 

Chestertown Mobile Home Caused by Arson

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Deputy State Fire Marshals have determined a Chestertown mobile home fire on August 24th to be Arson and the resulting investigation led to the arrest of one adult male.

The fire occurred at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday evening in the 200 Block of Edge of Town
Drive which is located in the Radcliff Mobile Home Park. The incident brought firefighters
from Chestertown, Rock Hall, and Kennedyville.

Deputy State Fire Marshals with the assistance of the Chestertown Police Department
conducted the investigation which led to the arrest of the occupant of the mobile home.
Thirty (30) year old Sergio Carlos Arrieta was charged with First and Second Degree
Arson and a detainer was served at the Kent County Detention Center where he was being
detained on a prior warrant.

No injuries were reported during the incident and damages were estimated to be
$20,000.00 dollars.If convicted of the Arson charges Arrieta faces up to 50 years in prison and / or $80,000.00 dollars in fines.

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