DWI HIT PARADE: Two-time Loser Yusuf Adem convicted of DWI after whacky ride on Kent Narrows Bridge

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DWI HIT PARADE: Two-time Loser Yusuf Adem convicted of DWI after whacky ride on Kent Narrows Bridge

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GRASONVILLE, MD. — Queen Anne’s County Prosecutors report the conviction of Yusuf Adem for DWI on Kent Narrows Bridge.

The 28-year-old Silver Spring man was convicted of Driving While Impaired by a Queen Anne’s County Jury on March 27, 2017.  Yusuf Adem, of 1123 Heartfields Drive, Silver Spring, Md., was sentenced to 60 days of incarceration at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center, with all but 20 days suspended.  He was placed on 36 months’ probation.  Deputy State’s Attorney Michael “Mick” Cuches prosecuted the case.

On Saturday, August 14, 2016 at approximately 1:51 am, a Maryland State Trooper was on duty and traveling west on Rt. 50 on the Kent Narrows Bridge when he noticed a vehicle traveling in the slow lane with a bright white light emitting from the rear of the vehicle.  The Trooper caught up to the vehicle and also obtained a speed reading of 70 mph on the 2012 Toyota Highlander, and noticed the car was swerving onto the shoulder then back into the lane of travel.

A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle and the Trooper found Adem to be the driver.  He was accompanied by two other individuals.  A strong odor of alcohol was emitting from the car and Adem’s eyes were bloodshot. 

Adem denied drinking any alcohol, but when the Trooper asked Adem to step from the car he observed a large bulge in his front pocket and the Trooper found a half empty bottle of “Hennessy Cognac”.

The Trooper also observed an orange wrist band on Adem that said “The Jetty Dock Bar”.  Adem denied drinking any alcohol, but when the Trooper asked Adem to step from the car he observed a large bulge in his front pocket and the Trooper found a half empty bottle of “Hennessy Cognac”.  The Trooper continued to smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Adem’s breath.  Mr. Adem then admitted that he had been drinking, but now says he had just one beer.

Adem refused to perform any roadside field sobriety tests.  Nevertheless, based on Adem’s poor driving, admission to drinking alcohol, the strong odor of alcohol on his breath, the presence of an open and half empty bottle of liquor on his person, Adem was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.  Adem fell asleep on the way to the State Police Barracks in Centreville, Md., and after being awakened refused to submit to a chemical breath test.

At trial the Trooper testified that his observations of Adem in the early morning hours of August 14 led him to believe that Adem was drunk.  The defendant’s attorney, Donald L. Wright, of Rockville, Md., called two witnesses to the stand who indicated that they did not observe Adem drinking any alcohol that evening.  It was pointed out by Deputy State’s Attorney Cuches that these witnesses were friends of Adem.

“Mick” Cuches commended the work of Trooper First Class Schillaci on this case.  Adem had previously received a probation before judgment for an alcohol related driving offense in 2015 in Montgomery County, Md.

  • Adem entered a guilty plea to running a stop sign in 2016.
  • Adem entered a guilty plea to driving while suspended on May 5, 2015 in District Court of Frederick County, Md. In a plea deal, Adem was given Probation Before Judgement with a fine of $42.50.
  • Adem was charged by Montgomery County Police Officer M. Petizmeier on April 7, 2013 at 3:55 am and entered into a plea deal with the services of his attorney Wright on Feb. 13, 2015 and was able to have Montgomery County States Attorney McCarthy let him off with a fine of only $300 and Probation Before Judgement.
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