The operator of an oil truck that knocked down a 50-foot tree on a lawn in Towson yesterday was charged with drug violations after a hypodermic syringe, spoon and cocaine were found in his cab, according to Baltimore County police.
Carl Henry Brawner, 38, of the 8500 block of Water Oak Road in Parkville was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman.
Sergeant Doarnberger said Mr. Brawner was also cited with two federal motor vehicle carrier violations, accused of driving while in possession of narcotics and operating a cargo tanker with a discharge valve open.
Although the oil truck was loaded with over 2,000 gallons of heating oil, none of it leaked onto the roadway, the sergeant said.
He said the driver had made one residential delivery before the crash.
The truck inspection unit of the Baltimore County police examined the oil truck, owned by Marex Heating Oil Co. but did not find any mechanical problems, the police said.
Sergeant Doarnberger said the accident occurred about 9 a.m. while the truck was stopped for a stop sign on Applewood Lane at Pratt Avenue in Towson. When the driver attempted to pull away from the intersection, he apparently put the truck in reverse instead of first gear and backed about 100 feet across a lawn before striking a tree that was 50 feet tall and knocking it to the ground, the sergeant said.
Nothing was damaged by the tree, police said.
Sergeant Doarnberger said the driver remained in the cab of the truck in an "incoherent" condition before paramedics arrived and found cocaine and suspected narcotics paraphernalia.
The driver was later released on his own recognizance, the spokesman said.
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