Charles man found guilty in high-speed po­lice pur­suit in Calvert County

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twitter: @CalRec AN­DREW

A Charles County man was found guilty of var­i­ous traf­fic of­fenses by a Calvert County jury Tues­day for a Septem­ber in­ci­dent where he and an­other man led deputies of the Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice on a high-speed chase while rid­ing their mo­tor­cy­cles.

Joseph Car­los Proc­tor, 40, of Pom­fret was in­dicted on charges of neg­li­gent driv­ing, reck­less driv­ing, ex­ceed­ing the speed limit, at­tempt­ing to flee, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and elud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, along with nu­mer­ous other traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records. His co-de­fen­dant, Mar­cus De­wayne Fletcher, 42, of Wal­dorf, faced sim­i­lar charges.

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 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 turned onto Church Street.

Fletcher, pur­sued by Cpl. T. Smith, con­tin­ued down Church Street to­ward Main Street, ma­neu­ver­ing through traf­fic bar­ri­ers, pre­vi­ous re­ports state. Smith lost sight of the ve­hi­cle as it con­tin­ued down to Dares Beach Road, where Det. 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 him in, but he went onto the side­walk. Fletcher then struck a ve­hi­cle, but con­tin­ued to 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 turned left on Her­itage Boule­vard af­ter turn­ing on Church Street and turned into the park­ing lot of the Shell gas sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports. As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Michael Morgan said Proc­tor reached speeds of 117 mph in a 55 mph speed limit zone. Wil­son fol­lowed and at­tempted to block the mo­tor­cy­cle in when it turned into the Mi­das Car Re­pair park­ing lot, re­sult­ing in the mo­tor­cy­cle 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.

Proc­tor was found guilty of reck­less driv­ing, driv­ing a ve­hi­cle on a high­way ex­ceed­ing the speed limit and at­tempt by driver to elude po­lice in an of­fi­cial po­lice ve­hi­cle by fail­ing to stop. Proc­tor was sen­tenced to a year of in­car­cer­a­tion with all but 10 days suspended. He was fur­ther given suspended $500 fines for the other two charges.

Proc­tor will be­gin serv­ing his sen­tence Mon­day, and was given credit for one day he served while in pre­trial cus­tody. He was also placed on three years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion to com­mence upon his re­lease from the de­ten­tion cen­ter.

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. Fletcher was placed on three years of un­su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

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