New Year comes in with limited in­ci­dents, ar­rests po­lice say

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

As lo­cal res­i­dents cel- ebrated the turn of the year, sher­iff’s of­fice deputies were on pa­trol, re­spond­ing to a slight uptick in calls for ser­vice, though nothing un­usual for a Satur­day night, with no ma­jor in­ci­dents re­ported.

Most of the calls, a Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesper­son

said, were officer-ini­ti­ated, such as traf­fic stops, checks on busi­nesses and shop­ping cen­ters, though there were a hand­ful of in­ci­dents of dis­or­derly con­duct, as­saults, and pos­si­ble sounds of gun­shots or, per­haps, fire­works. Pa­trol of­fi­cers were, as they al­ways are, the spokesper­son said, on the look­out for im­paired driv­ers, and ar­rested at least one per­son sus­pected of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs.

From 8 p.m. to mid­night on New Year’s Eve, sher­iff’s of­fice deputies re­sponded to 96 calls, mostly officer-ini­ti­ated checks. Close to mid­night, they re­ceived calls con­cern­ing dis­or­derly peo­ple and sounds of gun­shots, though of­fi­cers were un­able to con­firm whether or not a firearm had ac­tu­ally been dis­charged, or if the call­ers had heard fire­works.

From 12 to 7 a.m. New Year’s Day, of­fi­cers went on 151 calls, again, mostly at their own dis­cre­tion, but re­sponded to a few fights and re­ports of loud mu­sic as well. Around 2:40 a.m., a sus­pected im­paired driver was ar­rested dur­ing a traf­fic stop on U.S. 301.

Com­pared to an av­er­age Satur­day night, the pa­trol of­fi­cers re­sponded to more calls from cit­i­zens than usual, but “nothing re­ally out of the or­di­nary,” Diane Richard­son, an agency spokesper­son, told the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent.

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