Po­lice: Wrong-way driver in Per­ryville caught with heroin

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMILTON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

PER­RYVILLE — In­ves­ti­ga­tors con­fis­cated sus­pect heroin from a woman af­ter she al­legedly drove the wrong way on a Per­ryville road — nearly caus­ing a head-on col­li­sion with an un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pied by two of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

A stan­dard 12-step eval­u­a­tion con­ducted by Har­ford County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Cpl. Robert Todd, who is a drug recog­ni­tion expert, in­di­cated that the sus­pect, Kim­berly E. Pat­ter­son, 21, of Per­ryville, was un­der the in­flu­ence of nar­cotics and “un­able to op­er­ate a ve­hi­cle safely,” po­lice re­ported.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 2 p.m. on Tues­day, while Per­ryville Po­lice Depart­ment Det. J. Warner and Ofc. Lenzi were trav­el­ing in an un­marked, agency Ford Ex­plorer in the north­bound lane of Coudon Boule­vard, court records show.

“At this time, we ob­served a dark green Dodge pickup truck trav­el­ing south­bound on Coudon Boule­vard, com­pletely on the wrong side of the dou­ble yel­low cen­ter­line and in the north­bound lane, com­ing headon at us at ap­prox­i­mately 40 mph . . . Det. Warner had to slam the brakes and swerve onto the small right shoul­der to pre­vent be­ing struck head-on,” Lenzi out­lines in his writ­ten state­ment of prob­a­ble cause.

The pickup truck driver then swerved back into the north­bound lane, po­lice said. Mean­while, po­lice added, Warner made a U-turn and, with the un­marked SUV’s emer­gency lights flash­ing and siren blar­ing, he pur­sued the sus­pect ve­hi­cle and made a traf­fic stop.

Court records al­lege that Pat­ter­son was “nod­ding in and out” while speak­ing with Lenzi and that she was “shak­ing and (was) in a con­fused state of mind.”

Lenzi ar­rested Pat­ter­son on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and driv­ing while im­paired mo­ments later, af­ter she “poorly per­formed” stan­dard field so­bri­ety tests at the scene, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors seized three cap­sules con­tain­ing sus­pect heroin and three empty cap­sules, all of which were in­side a pill bot­tle found in Pat­ter­son’s left pants pocket, and $520 that was lo­cated in her right pants pocket, court records al­lege.

In­side her purse, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found a par­tially-filled cap­sule hold­ing sus­pect heroin and one empty cap­sule; a blue straw marked by traces of sus­pect heroin and a metal mea­sur­ing de­vice, po­lice re­ported.

“Ms. Pat­ter­son ad­mit­ted to go­ing to Bal­ti­more to pur­chase heroin and sell­ing it to her mother,” ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Pat­ter­son agreed to take a chem­i­cal breath test, which was per­formed at ap­prox­i­mately 2:20 p.m., some 20 min­utes af­ter the traf­fic stop, at PPD head­quar­ters and it reg­is­tered .00, court records show.

“I de­ter­mined that the breath test re­sults were not con­sis­tent with the level of im­pair­ment that was ob­served. I then re­quested that a Drug Recog­ni­tion Expert (DRE) be con­tacted to per­form a drug in­flu­ence eval­u­a­tion,” ac­cord­ing to Lenzi’s charg­ing doc­u­ment, which fur­ther in­di­cates that Todd, the HCSO cor­po­ral, was avail­able to re­spond.

In ad­di­tion to the driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence/im­paired ci­ta­tions, Pat­ter­son is fac­ing four crim­i­nal charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, which is a felony, court records show.

Pat­ter­son, who is sched­uled for an Oct. 19 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond, as of late Wed­nes­day night, ac­cord­ing to court records.

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