Mo­tor­cy­clist pleads af­ter lead­ing deputies on chase

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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.

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