An accident took place on Route 228, when a man slammed into the rear end of another vehicle. The man who allegedly caused the crash was arrested at the scene for drug possession. According to the accident report, Maryland police suspected that he was under the influence of illegal drugs when the officer struggled to keep the man’s attention while attempting to retrieve his license and registration.
During the investigation, the officer claims that the man also appeared to have glassy eyes and that his pupils were narrow, giving them reason to believe he was high at the time of the accident. A glass vial was then retrieved during the search and was found to contain PCP. Police also discovered hundreds of dollars and a pack of cigarettes, which are allegedly used to make “dippers” when coated with PCP and then smoked.
The man was taken into custody and transported to the police station, at which point a blood test was drawn and returned positive for PCP. Upon his arrest, the man faces charges for drug possession and PCP possession with the intent to distribute. He also faces charges for reckless endangerment, as his 3-year-old daughter was with him and was not properly restrained in her car seat at the time of the accident.
Charges for drug possession can result in hefty fines and jail time; however, despite the allegations against him, all cases are presented to the court prior to conviction. In the state of Maryland, the suspect has the right to defend himself against his accusers. In the best interest of the suspect, a strong defense would compile all the evidence surrounding the case and challenge the burden of proof.
Source: somdnews.com, “Motorist arrested for PCP possession with baby in car”, Lindsay Renner, March 28, 2014
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