Man charged in Howard crash

One killed in head-on collision

police say alcohol was involved

August 17, 2008|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter

A West Virginia man was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in a two-car collision Thursday night that killed a 64-year-old Mount Airy man and injured five others, Howard County police said.

Joel Nathaniel Wareham, 22, was taken into custody at his home in Martinsburg, W.Va., on a warrant charging him with multiple offenses in the crash, police said in a news release.

Police said they were awaiting test results to determine Wareham's blood-alcohol content but added that based on statements and evidence, they believe he was under the influence of alcohol and had been speeding.

Wareham was behind the wheel of a 2006 BMW about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when the car crossed the double yellow line on Frederick Road near East Daisy Road in Lisbon and struck a 2001 Ford Explorer head-on, police said.

The driver of the Explorer, Milton Stanley Bowens Sr., 64, died at the scene. Three passengers in the Explorer, Adrienne Jones, 44, and her daughters, Corin Disney, 16, and Jasmin Disney, 13, all of Mount Airy, were hospitalized after the crash.

Jones remained hospitalized at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in serious but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokesman said. Corin was released yesterday from Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Jasmin was listed there in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said the relationship between Bowens and his passengers was unclear, although it appears they were not related.

Wareham and his passenger, Joshua Booth, 20, of Laytonsville, were treated at Shock Trauma and released Friday. Booth has not been charged.

Authorities said Wareham will be brought to Maryland to face charges that also include manslaughter by motor vehicle and a series of drunken-driving offenses.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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