Police stop diplomat on U.S. 50

April 01, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A diplomat stationed in Washington was issued citations for drunken driving, speeding and changing lanes in an unsafe manner on the Bay Bridge, state police said yesterday.

Vadim V. Savelyev, 33, who lives at the Russian Embassy in Washington, was spotted by an off-duty trooper heading west on U.S. 50 shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Another trooper attempted to stop Savelyev's car about six minutes later, but the car continued on until it stopped at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Interstate 97, police said.

Savelyev was given three citations during the traffic stop. Police said he was intoxicated and traveling more than 76 mph in a 55-mph zone.

State police contacted the U.S. State Department to verify Savelyev's status as a diplomat. Because of diplomatic immunity, he was not arrested but was given a ride back to the state police barracks in Annapolis to arrange for someone to pick him up, police said.

Anne Arundel fire officials have identified the man killed Friday when his Glen Burnie trailer burned as Thomas Alexander Edwards, 71.

The cause of the fire in the 300 block of Marley Neck Road just after 7 p.m. is under investigation.

Family members told fire investigators that they had been with Edwards on and off throughout the day, and a nephew had been with him shortly before the fire was discovered.

Edwards had told another family member that he was planning to refill a kerosene heater because he was expecting cooler weather. The fire was discovered moments after the nephew left, a police report said. Witnesses said they heard Edwards screaming for help, and they tried to rescue him. But the flames kept them at bay.

The trailer and its contents were destroyed, said to J. Gary Sheckells, a fire spokesman.

Woman finds drug, turns in son, police say

A Glen Burnie woman turned in her son Friday after she found a freezer bag full of what tested positive for marijuana in his bedroom, county police said.

Sung Hoon Koo, 18, of the 500 block of Joy Circle was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Officer James Rehbein went to the Joy Circle address about 2: 30 p.m. after someone there called about a domestic dispute and met Young Kee Koo, who told him she had found marijuana in her son's bedroom. The son, however, said he did not have any drugs and would not let Rehbein search the room, police said.

Young Koo got upset, opened the drawer to a night stand and pulled out a large freezer bag that contained 14 smaller bags of what tested positive for marijuana, police said.

Police arrested the man, searched him, and found another small bag with 6 grams of what tested positive for marijuana, said police, who estimated the street value of the drugs at $4,000.

Police Log

Glen Burnie: A thief lifted away the sliding glass door to an apartment in the 6400 block of Harrison Square between 7: 30 a.m. and 3: 30 p.m. Friday and stole jewelry and a video game cartridge, all valued at $394.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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