Motorcyclist pleads after leading deputies on chase
A Waldorf man pled guilty to attempting to elude police and failing to stop after an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle and for his role in leading deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office on a highspeed chase in September while riding his motorcycle.
Marcus Dewayne Fletcher, 42, was indicted on charges of negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding, attempting to flee and elude a police officer, along with numerous other traffic violations. His co-defendant, Joseph Carlos Proctor, 40, of Pomfret, faces similar charges, along with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found a cigar wrapper.
The charges stem from Sept. 7 when the Calvert Control Center issued a lookout for several motorcycles being operated in a reckless manner heading north on Route 4 from the St. Leonard area, according to previous reports. Dfc. R. Wilson observed the three motorcycles allegedly traveling at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Wilson activated his emergency lights and siren, but none of the motorcycles pulled over or slowed down in the posted 45 mph zone near Old Field Lane in Prince Frederick. When the traffic light at Route 4 and Church Street turned red, one motorcyclist stopped at the light and the other two allegedly turned onto Church Street.
Fletcher, pursued by Cpl. T. Smith, continued down Church Street toward Main Street, maneuvering through traffic barriers, the release states. Smith lost sight of the vehicle as it continued down to Dares Beach Road where Detective N. DeFelice located it and began pursuit. Fletcher continued to the traffic circle on Dares Beach Road at Armory Road where other units attempted to box it in, but he went onto the sidewalk.
Fletcher then struck a vehicle, but continued the attempted flee. DeFelice positioned his vehicle to prevent the escape of the motorcycle which ended up striking his vehicle. The motorcycle fell down and Fletcher started running, but was captured.
Proctor reportedly turned left on Heritage Boulevard after getting on Church Street and turned into the parking lot of the Shell gas station, according to previous reports. Wilson followed and attempted to block the motorcycle in when it turned into the Midas Car Repair parking lot, resulting in the motorcycle allegedly making contact with the front bumper of his patrol vehicle. Proctor was ejected from the bike and subsequently arrested.
The operator of the motorcycle who stopped at the red light was able to successfully elude capture.
On May 13, Fletcher pled guilty to attempting to elude police by failing to stop and failing to stop after an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle. He was sentenced to two years and 60 days with all but six months suspended. He was also placed on three years of unsupervised probation.
Proctor’s jury trial is set for July 12 in circuit court.