Maryland State Police Beat / Jeffrey Ireland captured after he lands stolen pickup in front yard of home in Denton
DENTON, MD – Maryland State Police arrested a man who has successfully avoided prison time due to plea deals on a variety of charges over the years after he fled in a stolen truck and on foot.
Police report that on July 20, 2017, Trooper Rust arrested the man on auto theft and related charges after a brief pursuit in Caroline County.
Jeffrey David Ireland, 29, of 3009 Price Station Road, Centreville, Md., was charged with driving under the influence, theft, theft over $1,000, fleeing and eluding and other related traffic charges in connection with the incident.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on July 20, 2017, Trooper Rust from the Easton Barrack attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup truck for a traffic violation. The driver, later identified as Ireland, failed to stop, leading police on a pursuit into the town of Denton. The vehicle crashed a short time later into a yard on 2nd Street and the driver attempted to run away. Ireland had formerly listed as his residence an address on 5th Ave. in Denton at the time of a 2015 conviction on a charge of malicious property destruction.
- Ireland was charged with violating an exparte order by Maryland State Police Trooper Strange on June 14, 2016, in Queen Anne’s County. In District Court on Aug. 29, 2016, in a plea deal with the Queen Anne’s States Attorney, Ireland entered a guilty plea to the charge. THE DEAL: 90 days in jail.
- Ireland entered a guilty plea in Caroline County Circuit Court to malicious property destruction in a plea deal with Caroline County States Attorney Joe Riley on May 18, 2016. THE DEAL: 60 days in jail with all of the jail time suspended. A charge of burglary was dropped and Ireland obtained taxpayer-provided representation in court from a public defender Zachary Ian Reid. Probation was ordered for 18 months. The new stolen truck charge will trigger the 60-day sentence to be added to his new if any, jail time.
An assault charge filed in Caroline County by Maryland Trooper Bilbrough was dropped in District Court on March 31, 2016, by Caroline States Attorney Riley.
- Ireland was convicted of assault in Caroline County Circuit Court on Jan. 28, 2013 and was sentenced to ten years in prison with all but 18 months suspended which allowed him to avoid being placed in the State Prison system and served his time in the local hoosegow.
- In Queen Anne’s County District Court on April 5, 2013, Ireland was charged with multiple counts of assault, disorderly, resisting arrest and other charges during an arrest by Trooper Bilbrough on April 15, 2012. In a plea deal with Queen Anne’s County States Attorney on April 5, 2013, Ireland entered a guilty plea. THE DEAL: ten years in prison with 8 years and six months suspended and credit for 67 days of time served. Michael Jason Fricker was his free taxpayer-provided attorney.