LEAD-FOOT BUT LAME JUST THE SAME WAS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR EX-CON JOSHUA TRIPPETT
OWINGS, MD – One of the first things any good stunt driver learns is how to control a vehicle, a talent that escaped a bozo from PG County who also has an address in Lusby. On August 18, 2021, at just after midnight, Calvert Sheriff’s Deputy Savick responded to the area of Southern MD Blvd. and Skinners Turn Road in Owings, MD to assist Maryland State Trooper Kaitz with a traffic stop.
The vehicle was confirmed to have fraudulent tags and the operator of the vehicle was suspended. During the stop, Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Deputy N. Savick observed the brake lights flash and heard the engine revving up and witnessed the truck drive off.
Trooper Kaitz and Deputy Savick pursued the vehicle at accelerating speeds and noticed the driver not stopping while driving recklessly in an attempt to elude police units. As the vehicle approached a sharp bend in the roadway along NB Rt. 4 just prior to Dunleigh Drive, the vehicle lost control and spun out striking a road sign where it came to a rest in the median.
The driver, identified as Joshua Terrell Trippett, 25, (DOB 02/05/1996) of 30 Capital Court, Lusby, Md., into custody and transported to the Calvert County Jail where he was charged with Driving an Unregistered Vehicle on a Highway, Driving on a Suspended License, Knowingly Driving an Uninsured Vehicle, Negligent Driving, Failure of Individual Driving on Highway to Display License to Uninformed Police on Demand and other traffic related charges. A court date of November 17, 2021 has been arranged for Trippett to invent an explanation for his antics to a judge in Calvert District Court.
Maryland State Trooper J. Engleman awarded Trippett several citations associated with driving while suspended in a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup on Pegg Road at Pacific Drive in Lexington Park, Md., on August 3, 2021. A court date is pending for that charge.
Trippett entered a guilty plea to armed robbery and use of a firearm in a felony violent crime on July 1, 2014, in Calvert County Circuit Court following his indictment by the Grand Jury. In the plea deal with Calvert County States Attorney Laura Martin, Trippett was sentenced to ten years in prison and five years were suspended. The current charges have now triggered a hearing for violation of the terms of his five-year probationary period. Throughout November and December, of 2013, several commercial armed robberies occurred in the Sunderland area of Calvert County, along Md. Rt. 2.
On December 18, 2013, an additional commercial armed robbery occurred in Prince Frederick at Sunflower Cleaners located at Central Square Drive.
Detectives from the Calvert Investigative Team developed a possible suspect based on evidence obtained at each of the crime scenes.
On December 20, 2013, Calvert Sheriff’s detectives recovered a vehicle which contained additional evidence. This evidence led detectives to a residence located on Gertrude Drive in Sunderland. Police reported that a 17-year-old male, Joshua Terrell Trippett, was located within the residence and arrested.
Further evidence was obtained at this time which indicates that Trippett was responsible for all of the recent armed robberies. Trippett was charged as an adult with one count of armed robbery, one count of use of a firearm in a violent crime, two counts of first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault and one count of theft less than $1,000.