State senator's son accused of taking 2 vehicles

November 24, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

The son of a state senator from Carroll County was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail yesterday after he was accused for the second time in two months of picking up keys from women in bars and driving their vehicle home -- without their knowledge or permission.

Matthew Keith Haines, 34, of the 100 block of W. Main St. in Westminster was charged Fridaywith unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft under $300.

According to charging documents, a New Windsor woman told state police at 8: 30 p.m. that she noticed her keys and pickup truck were missing soon after an acquaintance left Fiestas, a restaurant and bar on Route 140.

The woman provided an address, and troopers reported finding her 1995 Toyota truck parked near the apartment.

Haines, the son of Republican Sen. Larry E. Haines, was arrested at his apartment after telling troopers that he had been drinking heavily. He contended that he could only remember riding in the truck with another man, whom he did not know, police said.

On Sept. 23, Haines was accused of taking a woman's keys from the bar at the House of Pasta in Manchester and leaving in her car. The car was found in Baltimore. Court records show Haines received a summons, charging him with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft of the woman's keys.

The woman told police that she did not know the man who left the bar before she discovered her keys and car were missing. She identified the suspect from photographs shown to her, police said.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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