Eldersburg man cleared of charges from car accident

September 24, 1997

An Eldersburg man was found not guilty yesterday on all charges stemming from a May 28 auto accident near his home.

Kenneth Edward Yates, 33, and his father, County Commissioner Richard T. Yates, had contended that the younger man was not driving his sister's brown Toyota that was wrecked near their home in the 6600 block of Monroe Ave.

Kenneth Yates surrendered to police on June 13, after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest, charging him with speeding -- 84 mph in a 45-mph zone -- reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding a police officer, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Police said a neighbor told them the younger Yates jumped from the car and ran.

Howard County District Judge James N. Vaughan, who heard the case in Westminster to avoid any apparent conflict of interest, ruled that the state had not proved Yates was driving, said Carroll Assistant State's Attorney David P. Daggett.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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