Fatal crash driver Sam Ellis cited for underage booze rap and fighting in Ocean City prior to double fatal crash

Sam Ellis will face double DUI rap for deaths of Calvin Li and Alex Murk

 Montgomery County States Attorney McCarthy dumped the alcohol charge

ROCKVILLE, MD. — The driver who police say killed two of his passengers while on a high-speed booze cruise after a teenage drinking party was busy racking up a record of alcohol and fighting in two Maryland counties in recent months.

While Samuel Joseph Ellis, of 14609 Snapdragon Circle in North Potomac Maryland rests up in his hospital bed from injuries which were apparently self-inflicted by his reported speeding into the grounds of a home after a teen drinking party; an examination of his court record shows a civil citation for underage possession of alcohol was served on him by Montgomery County Police Officer N. Culler on March 15, 2015.

The incident of underage alcohol was just three months prior to the fatal crash in which police say he killed two of his school chums. Dead are Alexander Murk and Calvin Jaixing Li, both recent graduates of Wooten High School.

On June 9, 2015, the Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy dropped the citation, which carried no criminal record but did have a fine payable of $100.  The court record doesn’t show any public service assessed in lieu of the fine.

On June 2, 2015 the party boy Sam Ellis was reveling in Ocean City, Maryland along with thousands of other newly graduated high school students when he was arrested by Ocean City Police Officer R. Flanagan.  The criminal charge which is pending in Worcester County District Court for a hearing on July 9, 2015 is for the criminal charge of “affray”, which means participating in a fight among several persons, often associated with a riot or rumble.

Arrested at the same time as Ellis was one of the teens who died in the crash, Calvin Jaixing Li, of 2326 McCormack Rd. in Rockville, Md. The pair were charged by Ocean City Police in a June 2, 2015 2:27 am incident which took place at 6007 Coastal Highway.

Court records show that Rockville attorney Brian Clark represented Li and has filed an order with the Worcester County District Court on June 29th for abatement of the charge due to Li’s death.

Montgomery County lawyer and former Delegate Robin Ficker made this comment on a Washington Post article about the double fatal teen crash:

“Just this past week in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Vincent Olalo was sentenced to 3 years in jail by Judge Mason because his drunk driving accident contributed to the death of a man who already had very serious health problems. Let’s see if States Attorney McCarthy administers justice even-handedly.”


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