Felony cocaine charge follows traffic stop
Barrack commander notes results from observing driving infractions in Lexington Park
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.”