Trooper must explain no-show for drug trial

August 26, 1994

A state trooper has been ordered to appear before an Anne Arundel County Circuit judge next month to explain why he did not show up to testify at a drug trial and forced prosecutors to drop charges.

Judge Eugene M. Lerner yesterday ordered Trooper Dale Carnegie to appear Sept. 9 or face a contempt citation for not showing up.

Assistant State's Attorney John H. Robinson III requested the court order after he was forced to drop charges of cocaine distribution, possession with intent to distribute, possession and conspiracy against Willis Wilkerson, 23, of Annapolis.

Trooper Carnegie, a member of a state police drug task force, arrested Mr. Wilkerson about 2 p.m. March 31 after the trooper allegedly purchased $20 worth of crack cocaine from him near West Washington and Clay streets in Annapolis, court records say.

Mr. Robinson said yesterday that neither Trooper Carnegie nor anyone from the state police called to explain the absence.

Court records show Trooper Carnegie was served with a summons by sheriff's deputies at the state police headquarters in Pikesville on Aug. 19, which notified him of the trial date and ordered him to appear.

Attempts to contact Trooper Carnegie yesterday were unsuccessful.

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