Howard prosecutors are asked to take over Yates' son's case He allegedly left scene of accident, lied to police

July 18, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Carroll State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes has asked Howard County prosecutors to handle a trial involving the son of Carroll County Commissioner Richard T. Yates.

His request that a visiting prosecutor be assigned to the case of Kenneth Edward Yates is a routine effort designed to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Barnes said yesterday.

The younger Yates is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 10 in District Court on charges that he failed to stop after a traffic accident and that he gave a false statement to a police officer.

State police allege that Yates, 32, of Monroe Avenue in Eldersburg wrecked his car April 8 on Bartholow Road near Foggy Bottom Road in Eldersburg.

According to court papers, a woman gave police a description of a man who flagged her down near the accident scene. She told police the man said "he could not be here when the police arrive because he was going to be in a lot of trouble."

Police said that when they questioned him April 16, Yates told them his car "must have been stolen."

Police said in charging documents that they thought Yates was driving the car when it went out of control and overturned because: Yates matched the description -- a thin, bearded white male with long blond hair -- that the woman had provided.

There was no apparent tampering with the car's ignition.

Yates' girlfriend lived in the vicinity of the accident scene.

Kenneth Yates has an "extensive" record of driving violations.

A check of state Motor Vehicle Administration records yesterday showed that Yates has a valid license with no points.

But court records show that he was found guilty of driving under the influence in 1991 and was given a 45-day suspended sentence.

After a second DUI conviction, court records show, Yates received a one-year sentence July 18, 1994, with all but 45 days suspended.

MVA records also show that Yates obtained a restricted license in October 1994, allowing him to drive for employment and educational purposes only. The restriction was removed five months later.

Pub Date: 7/18/96

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