A traffic stop for speeding in Prince George's County on Feb. 4 ended up with two of the vehicle's passengers being placed behind bars on weapons and assault charges.
Police patrolling the area near the intersection of Maryland Route 410 and Route 50 westbound noticed a motorist speeding right before 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The pursuing officer turned on his cruiser's lights to initiate a stop.
Once the driver pulled over, an officer approached the passenger side door of the car. There sat a 21-year-old Brandywine man. The officer asked him to exit the vehicle. He complied and was escorted to an awaiting unmarked police car for additional questioning.
As the pair was approaching the vehicle, the passenger allegedly pushed the officer causing him to fall over. He then jumped over the center divider in the roadway and ran in the direction of oncoming traffic.
The officer took off after him, ultimately capturing him along the edge of the forest that lines Route 50. Once he was tracked down, officers located a 9 millimeter (mm) Ruger LC9s handgun on his person. They later were able to determine that it had previously been reported stolen by its Virginia owner.
Other officers at the scene were able to speak with witnesses who informed them that they'd seen another passenger, a 23-year-old Washington, D.C. resident, throw another gun out of the window along the same stretch of roadway. They initiated a search and later found a Glock 42 handgun in the area.
Both men were ultimately charged with possession of a loaded firearm, one of which was regulated. The 21-year-old was additionally booked on second-degree assault charges and also with fleeing justice. They were later booked into the Maryland Department of Corrections facility in Hyattsville. It wasn't immediately clear when their arraignment was scheduled for.
Weapons charges are some of the most serious criminal offenses that you can face in Dunkirk. When coupled with fleeing justice and assault on an officer charges, your weapons charges are likely to be upgraded to aggravated offenses. In situations like this, you need an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side who will do what it takes to protect your rights.