Man busted for drugs after falling asleep in car sentenced to prison

May 30, 2012|By Peter Hermann

Demetrius Alvin Boyd picked the wrong place to fall asleep -- in his Toyota, stopped in a travel lane of a highway, passed out at the wheel with his foot on the brake. 

Awakened by a U.S. Park Police officer patrolling the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Greenbelt, Boyd ran into a problem other than needing shut-eye. He had been drinking alcohol, had 17 small bags filled with marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber handgun, reported stolen, tucked in his waistband.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt sentenced the 35-year-old Boyd, of Laurel, to four years in prison for the drugs, another six months for driving under the influence, followed by two years of supervised probation once he's released.

Authorities said the car stop occurred April 16, 2011, when U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anthony Giannino noticed cars slowing down on the highway and swerving out of the right lane. He sped over to find the Toyota stopped in the right lane, the driver "asleep with his foot on the brake."

Giannino wrote in an affidavit filed in court that tapped on the car window to awaken the driver, and that he "appeared confused, and did not comply with my orders to move his car onto the right shoulder." He did so after the fourth request.

The sergeant wrote that Boyd "had difficulty maintaining his balance" and that a breath test showed him to be intoxicated. In his pockets, the sergeant said he found the drugs, money divided and stuffed into different pockets. Then the officer said he found the gun loaded with seven bullets.

Authorities said that Boyd has a previous felony conviction in Virginia state court and was on parole at the time of the car stop. Prosecutors said the gun had been stolen in Lexington, N.C.

A federal jury convicted Boyd after a two day trial.

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