POLICE SAY SPEED,ALCOHOL CRASH FACTORS
County police say alcohol and high speed might have been factors in an Oct.
27 accident that killed an 18-year-old Columbia woman. No charges have been filed pending an investigation.
The accident occurred at 2 a.m. on Little Patuxent Parkway near Dark Fire Way in Columbia, when a westbound car driven by Stephan Richard Severon, 18, of the 11900 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, crossed the double yellow line and collided head-on with a station wagon in the eastbound lane.
A passenger in Severon's car, Brigid Wheeler, 18, of the 5600 block of Columbia Road, suffered multiple head and internal injuries and died Thursday morning at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Severon and the driver of the station wagon, Ines Hertha, 20, of the 12500 block of Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City, received minor injuries and were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital.
Another passenger in Severon's car, Pedro Englor, 19, of the 10000 block of Big Woods Court in Columbia, was in satisfactory and stable condition Friday at shock trauma.
Police say the Severon vehicle went out of control after traveling at a high speed. Both Englor and Wheeler were flown from the scene to shock trauma by state police helicopter.
The accident is being investigated by the county police traffic enforcement division.
Police say blood-alcohol tests were conducted on Severon after an officer reported he smelled alcohol on his breath. Police have not obtained results of the tests, however.
TRUCKERS CHARGED WITH BUYING DRUGS
County police arrested 11 people on drug charges during a four-day operation this week at the Trucker's Inn, where undercover officers used the CB radio to establish contacts for drug buys.
The officers sold small quantities of marijuana to truckers who inquired about buying drugs on a CB channel, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman. An undercover officer would set up a meeting with each individual suspect after making contact on the CB.
Each of the 11 truckers, from as far away as Texas, Ohio and Mississippi, went to the Trucker's Inn parking lot in the 7400 block of Assateague Drive to make the pre-arranged drug purchase. An undercover officer would then sell between a half-gram and two grams of marijuana to the suspect, Gardner said.
After making a drug buy ranging in price from $5 to $20, the buyer was then arrested by officers, Gardner said.
Police began the operation Monday after a manager of the truck stop, which is the largest on the east coast, reported he was concerned about the large numbers of drug transactions taking place on the CB radio, Gardner said.
Each of the 11 people arrested, who ranged in age from 23 to 55, was charged with possession of marijuana.
HALLOWEEN PRANKS CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE
Twelve separate incidents of Halloween pranks were reported in various sections of the county this week, causing an estimated $1,000 of fire damage to property, county fire officials said.
The small fires, most of which appeared to have been set with ordinary house matches, "all seem to have been the usual Halloween pranks," said Donald R. Howell, a county fire department spokesman.
County police say no arrests were made in connection with any of the pranks.