DWI HIT PARADE / DWI, assault, resisting arrest and more for driver Sarah Hornbeck in drunken demo-derby on Crain Highway
FAULKNER, MD. – Was Sarah Hornbeck out for a boozing joyride, practicing for a demo-derby at a dirt track or was this how she drives all the time?
Maryland State Police report that on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at about 4 pm, a Maryland State Police trooper responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of southbound Rt. 301 (Crain Highway) in the area of Mt. Air Road, Faulkner, Md.
Upon arrival, Troopers and deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office observed the driver, Sarah H. Hornbeck, 43, of 1211 Light Street, #410, Baltimore, Md, walking around her 2017 Toyota Corolla, displaying Georgia registration.
Police say that their preliminary investigation revealed the Toyota was traveling southbound on Rt. 301 and for unknown reasons turned onto Mt. Air Road, ran off the road and became disabled after striking an embankment.
HAD THE BREATH OF A BAR ROOM
While talking with Hornbeck, Trooper William Scarlett reportedly detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath as she spoke. Troopers conducted a further investigation and determined Hornbeck to be intoxicated and arrested her for DUI.
RECKLESS BUT NOT WRECKLESS
While on the scene of the sidelined Toyota, Troopers were contacted by a citizen that reported the boozy and woozy driver who was allegedly operating in a reckless fashion.
The citizen advised the Toyota had struck their vehicle intentionally several times in the LaPlata, MD area and left the scene. The citizen called 911 to report the incident and followed the vehicle until the Toyota became disabled in the ditch.
ONE LAST CALL FROM HER CELL BEFORE BEING ASSIGNED A JAIL CELL
Police say that the mayhem left in the path cut out of the countryside by Hornbeck that night was not over when she was cuffed and stuffed in the police car.
Police report that while enroute to the State Police Barrack for processing, Hornbeck proved to be a slippery prisoner.
“The female was able to slip out of the handcuffs and attempted to use her cell phone in S/Tpr. Scarlett’s car. S/Tpr. Scarlett pulled over and attempted to get her out of his vehicle to handcuff her again. The female grabbed his mobile data computer and while being pulled out of the police cruiser, she grabbed the stylus pen attached to the MDC and broke it off,” said the State Police.
HORNBECK SECURED IN A CAGE FOR THE RIDE TO JAIL
Police report that Hornbeck was re-secured in handcuffs and placed in a Charles County Sheriff’s cruiser equipped with a cage. The cage is specifically designed to contain a prisoner and not allow that person t to attack a police officer in the front seat or to attempt to escape.
Hornbeck was then transported to the detention center for processing by the District Court Commissioner on charges of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, malodorous and malicious destruction of property and after being determined that she would be eligible for a free, taxpayer-provided attorney, set her loose on the public until a trial on May 11, 2018.
Court records reveal that a telegram arrived on March 7, 2018, noting that a private attorney would represent Hornbeck. There was no indication that the attorney would have a cage to protect him or her from this client during an interview.
ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE ATTACK TOYOTA REPORTED TO POLICE
Later on that evening, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack received a phone call from another citizen indicating her vehicle was also struck intentionally several times in the Pomfret, MD area by the same Toyota as described above and left the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above-mentioned incidents is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by S/Tpr. W. Scarlett of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack.
(Editor’s Note: Charles County Sheriff booking photo records show Hornbeck’s middle initial as “M”, Maryland State Police arrest report shows it as “H”, and Maryland court records online show it as “M”.)