Johns' hearing is postponed for 2nd time

November 05, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

A court hearing for Orioles pitcher Doug Johns was postponed for a second time yesterday and rescheduled for Jan. 5, 2000.

Johns' attorney, Scott D. Shellenberger, said the postponement at Eastside District Court was due to a heavy docket. "Everyone was in court and waited to see how fast the docket went, but it was very busy," he said.

Shellenberger, who works for the law office of Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos, wouldn't comment on Johns' reaction to the news.

Johns was stopped by police the night of April 5 and charged with running a red signal and driving while intoxicated. After a search of his vehicle, Johns also was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia.

His legal problems didn't end there. Johns also was arrested Oct. 8 driving northbound on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when he was delayed at the toll plaza because he didn't have the $1 toll.

Maryland Transportation Authority police arrested Johns after he allegedly blocked traffic and a police drug specialist decided Johns showed signs of marijuana intoxication. Johns, 31, refused to submit to a blood test for the drug according to an authority spokesperson.

In September team officials and Johns gave conflicting accounts of why he failed to join the team in Anaheim at the start of a nine-game road trip. The team said he was excused for personal reasons related to a recurrence of severe insomnia. Johns said he went to his Florida home to attend to a family matter.

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