Two drivers charged at sobriety stops


December 05, 2007

Two motorists were charged with driving while impaired by Anne Arundel County police who set up two sobriety checkpoints in Brooklyn Park. Authorities said 733 drivers were questioned.

The first checkpoint was set up Friday night in the northbound lanes of Ritchie Highway near Townsend Avenue from about 10 p.m. until about midnight. Police said 606 drivers were stopped, and one was arrested.

On Saturday, police set up another checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Ritchie Highway near 10th Avenue from 12:20 a.m. to 1:20 a.m. They said 127 drivers were stopped, and one was arrested.

Anne Arundel police said they have conducted 50 checkpoints since the program started, making 361 arrests for driving under the influence and 103 for drug offenses. More than 75,700 vehicles have been stopped, police said.

Driver, 19, hurt when car hits pole

A Pasadena teenager suffered serious head injuries when he hit into a utility pole, Anne Arundel County police said.

Scott Albert Rancourt Jr., 19, of the 8300 block of Oak Drive was driving a 1991 Ford Mustang on Bayside Beach Road about 4 a.m. Sunday when he missed a curve near Bellhaven Road, police said. The car struck a Baltimore Gas and Electric pole and flipped over, landing in the middle of the road.

He flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Police said speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.

Driver robbed after food delivery

A driver for Cluck-U Chicken was robbed after dropping off an order in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said.

The driver said he was in the 7800 block of Bruton Drive about 8 p.m. Friday when three men approached him and demanded money. One of the men took his cell phone and an undisclosed amount of money from his pants pocket, then all three fled on foot toward Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.

Gunman robs clerk at Laurel hotel

A Laurel hotel was robbed at gunpoint early Monday, Anne Arundel County police said. The desk clerk at the Ramada Inn, 3400 Laurel Fort Meade Road, said the robber entered about 1:50 a.m., displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber fled.

Police charge pair with drug offense

Annapolis police charged a Severna Park man with traffic violations, an Annapolis woman with prostitution and both with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers noticed his license plate bore expired registration stickers.

Police pulled over Donald Arthur Jr., 41, on the 200 block of West St. at 2:10 a.m. Saturday and found he also had a suspended driver's license and that he was carrying a drug-smoking device.

Officers also saw that his passenger, Lisa Woods, 33, had an open warrant for prostitution and placed her under arrest. A similar smoking pipe was found in a cigarette box in her sweatshirt, city police said.

Three men rob Odenton store

A Radio Shack in Odenton was robbed by three armed men on Monday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Employees of the store at 1554 Annapolis Road reported that about 12:20 p.m., the robbers, all wearing hooded sweatshirts that concealed their identities, entered and ordered them into a storage room. They stole merchandise from the store, cash from the register and property from the employees, then fled.

Gunman robs driver parked in Severn

A Comcast employee, sitting in his car in the 8600 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn, was robbed by a gunman about 10 p.m. Monday.

Pair in Glen Burnie rob food deliverer

A deliveryman was robbed while dropping off an order of Chinese food in Glen Burnie, county police said.

The victim, who works for Lucky House Chinese Carry Out, said he had just gotten out of his car on Kent Road about 9 p.m. Monday when he was approached by two men. One rifled his pockets while the other searched his car.

The men fled with an undisclosed amount of money and the victim's cell phone.

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