Natural Resources Police: instead of hiking and camping, cops find bozos injecting, smoking, boozing and beating women

The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged 10 people during the past week with offenses ranging from assault to drug possession on State lands.

Allegany County ─ A Flintstone man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on May 31 in Green Ridge State Forest.

Joel Eric Larue, 56, was parked in a lot used by anglers near 15 Mile Creek with his truck’s engine running when officers approached and smelled alcohol. Larue failed a field sobriety test and officers found an open beer in the truck’s center console.

At the local Maryland State Police barracks, Larue refused to take a breathalyzer test.

He is scheduled to appear in Allegany County District Court at a later date. The maximum penalties for a first offense DUI include a one-year jail sentence, as well as a six-month license suspension and $1,000 fine.

 

Garrett County ─ Officers charged a Baltimore man with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on May 24 in Potomac Garrett State Forest.

Brent Pearson Highkin, 30, received two criminal citations after officers recovered the items from a campsite and a vehicle.

The maximum penalty is $500 on each count and up to 90 days in jail.

Washington County ─ A Clear Spring man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on May 24 after an officer saw a vehicle stop in the middle of the road and then drive into a farm field.

Bradley Jay Leggett, 33, had two open bottles of beer in his vehicle and a lime with a slice taken out of it in his hand. Leggett was taken to the local Maryland State Police barracks and administered a breathalyzer test. He registered a .08.

The maximum penalties for a first offense DUI include a one-year jail sentence, as well as a six-month license suspension and $1,000 fine.

Washington County ─ Officers arrested a Prince George’s County man on second-degree assault charges on Sunday after he struck a woman at Greenbrier State Park.

Witnesses said Kevn Alexander Balbuena, 21, of Mount Rainier, grabbed and struck a woman several times while the two walked in the park’s day use area.

Balbuena will be tried in Washington County District County at a date to be determined. The maximum penalty is a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

Washington County ─ Two Hagerstown men were arrested on May 28 along the banks of the Potomac River and charged with possession of heroin.

Acting on tips from anglers who said they saw men injecting themselves, officers stopped Justin Lynn Wood, 26, and Joseph Dennis Marshall, 31, as they climbed the riverbank near the C&O Canal towpath. A search of the area turned up a plastic-wrapped substance that the men acknowledged was heroin.

Both men are scheduled to appear July 29 in Washington County District Court. The maximum penalty is a $25,000 fine and up to four years in prison.

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