Felony co­caine charge fol­lows traf­fic stop

Bar­rack com­man­der notes re­sults from ob­serv­ing driv­ing in­frac­tions in Lex­ing­ton Park

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­[email protected]­news.com

A law of­fi­cer spot­ting a speed­ing car last week on a St. Mary’s road fol­lowed the ve­hi­cle to a neigh­bor­hood’s club­house, ac­cord­ing to court papers stat­ing the flee­ing driver was found, along with 26 grams of sus­pected crack co­caine.

The ar­rest last Thurs­day of 21-year-old De Aun­dre Tyrique Keys of Lex­ing­ton Park on charges in­clud­ing the pos­ses­sion of crack co­caine with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute, fol­lowed by his re­lease from cus­tody on a $1,500 un- se­cured bond, ex­em­pli­fied what a Mary­land State Po­lice bar­rack com­man­der said are the con­tin­u­ing ben­e­fits to crime fight­ing from traf­fic-law en­force­ment.

“We have it hap­pen quite fre­quently all over the county,” Lt. Krys­tle Ros­sig­nol, the Leonard­town bar­rack com­man­der, said Fri­day.

State po­lice Trooper Brandy Di­toto, con­duct­ing radar en­force­ment mid-morn­ing Thurs­day on Pegg Road, clocked the Honda Ac­cord trav­el­ing at 55 mph in a 40 mph zone, court papers state, and af­ter switch­ing on her cruiser’s emer­gency lights and siren, she pur­sued the sedan into the West­bury com­mu­nity to its club­house en­trance, where the driver got out, threw a bag and scale on the ground, and ran to a side street. He crawled un­der an SUV, be­fore he was taken into cus­tody.

A search found $1,770 in the car, along with a pair of hand­cuffs and two body-ar­mor vests la­beled “po­lice,” ac­cord­ing to charg­ing papers stat­ing that Keys told the

trooper that “he was just a ‘run­ner,’” and that the two vests were Hal­loween cos­tumes.

Keys also was charged through ci­ta­tions with speed-

ing, driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense and at­tempt­ing to elude po­lice by flee­ing on foot.

Ros­sig­nol said that traf­fic stops also can re­cover weapons, stolen prop­erty and ev­i­dence of other crimes, in ad­di­tion to seiz­ing il­le­gal drugs and “get­ting those off our streets be­fore they’re sold.”

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