Police officer charged with hindering lieutenant

August 03, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer who was arrested Sunday night -- apparently while off duty and riding in a car stopped for a license tag violation -- was charged last night with hindering a police lieutenant, according to court documents.

Officer Kenya R. Balis, 23, who is assigned to the Northeastern District, was a front-seat passenger in an Acura that was stopped by Northwestern District Lt. Thomas J. Cassella on Reisterstown Road near Garrison Avenue. He reported that it lacked a front license plate.

Balis said she owned the car, according to a statement filed in District Court by Cassella. Because her male companion, who was driving the car, had recently been arrested on a narcotics charge, Cassella reported, he summoned a drug-sniffing dog, which made two positive indications of the presence of narcotics.

Cassella tried to search the car, but Balis locked the car with a remote control and refused to unlock it, according to court documents. Cassella then arrested her.

After being charged, Balis was released last night from the Central Booking and Intake Facility.

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