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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2017

 

 

PURSUIT OF STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS IN FATAL CRASH

 

BALTIMORE, MD - On March 19, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police attempted to stop a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that was reported stolen on March 17, 2017, by the Laconia, N.H., Police Department.

An officer attempted to conduct the traffic stop on I-95 in Baltimore just north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued on northbound I-95 through Harford and Cecil counties. The pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Exit 109 (MD 272). The driver of the Chevrolet, Stephen K. Reinholz, a 28-year-old male from Laconia, N.H., and passenger Kaili M. Pierce, a 28-year-old female from Concord, N.H., both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Troopers from Maryland State Police John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway Barrack assisted MDTA officers in the pursuit. No officers or troopers were injured during the pursuit. The investigation continues and is being handled by the MDTA Police.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017

 

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd
410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP
IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT
ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY
NOTHING LUCKY ABOUT JAIL
#makeaplan

BALTIMORE, MD - On March 17, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out on the roadways enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving laws during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

"We want you to enjoy yourself this St. Patrick's Day, but be responsible and make a plan for a sober ride home," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Motorists should be reminded that "Buzz Driving is Drunk Driving." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 - 2015, 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day.

In addition, the MDTA Police want to remind motorists to make a plan prior to going out for St. Patrick's Day.

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride-share service.

3. Take public transportation.

 

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways.

The MDTA Police supports the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 9, 2017

       

MDTA POLICE RECOVER TWO LOADED GUNS

AND MARIJUANA DURING A TRAFFIC STOP

ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

 

BALTIMORE, MD – During a traffic stop earlier this week, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested four people from Baltimore who were in possession of two loaded handguns and marijuana. 

On Feb. 7, an MDTA Police Officer stopped 31-year-old Terry Dewayne Jones, Jr., on northbound I-95 in Baltimore County for an equipment violation on a Buick Sedan. During a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, officers located more than one pound of marijuana, a digital scale and two loaded handguns, one of which was reported stolen from Pennsylvania.  Jones and passenger’s 19-year-old Amber Curtis, 19-year-old Sabrina Hope Curtis and 28-year-old Dwight Trevor Weather were taken into custody without incident.

The MDTA Police charged all four suspects with two counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; two counts of engaging in drug trafficking while carrying, wearing and transporting a firearm; one count of possessing a stolen firearm; possession of CDS marijuana; possession of CDS hashish; and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Jones was charged separately with CDS possession with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime. Weathers was charged separately with CDS possession with the intent to distribute. A. Curtis and S. Curtis were charged separately with possession of a firearm under the age of 21. 

After processing, officers transported all four suspects to the Baltimore County Court Commissioner. They are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland’s citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html.  Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 3, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP

IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT

ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

NOTHING SUPER ABOUT JAIL - DRIVE SOBER

#makeaplan

BALTIMORE, MD - On Feb. 5, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving on Super Bowl Sunday.

"We want football fans to enjoy themselves during the big game. Be responsible and pass the keys to a sober driver," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

The Super Bowl is meant to be fun but not when it comes to drinking and driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 percent of all people killed in motor-vehicle crashes in the United States in 2015 were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver.

The MDTA Police want to remind you to have a three step game plan prior to going to your Super Bowl party.

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride share service.

3. Take public transportation.

The MDTA Police supports the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 30, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE RECOVER A LOADED HANDGUN

AND TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP ON I-95

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested a Baltimore man who had a loaded handgun and approximately two pounds of marijuana in his vehicle on Friday. The street value of the marijuana is estimated at approximately $6,000.

On Jan. 27, an MDTA Police Officer stopped Kyle Jamal Wilkerson, 29, of Baltimore, on northbound I-95 in Harford County for exceeding the posted speed limit. During a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, a 2000 Lexus RX300, officers located the loaded handgun, two pounds of marijuana and the drug paraphernalia. Officers took Wilkerson into custody without incident.

The MDTA Police charged Wilkerson with handgun possession, being in possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking, engaged in drug trafficking crime and transporting a firearm, possession of CDS marijuana, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, possession of CDS not marijuana and four counts of possession of CDS paraphernalia.

The investigation revealed Wilkerson was traveling from Baltimore to New York. After processing, Wilkerson was transported to the Harford County Detention Center for an appearance before a District of Commissioner. Wilkerson was held on $5,000.00 bail.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 26, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE INTERCEPT NEARLY 1,200 CARTONS
OF UNTAXED CIGARETTES ON I-95

State Comptroller Determined Nearly $24,000

In Lost Tax Revenue

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have arrested a North Carolina man who had nearly 1,200 cartons of untaxed cigarettes with a retail value exceeding $77,000 in his car. 

“I am grateful and appreciative of the collaborative effort between my Field Enforcement agents and the men and women of the MDTA Police in battling the illegal smuggling of cigarettes to the detriment of Maryland’s citizens and businesses. This important relationship has yielded many successful arrests of those who would, without regard for others or the law, seek only to benefit themselves through unlawful conduct,” said Maryland Comptroller Director of Field Enforcement Jeffrey Kelly.  

On Monday, Jan. 23, an MDTA Police Officer stopped Issam Ali Ahmad, 53, of Raleigh, N.C., on northbound I-95 in Harford County for exceeding the posted speed limit.  During a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Sienna, officers located the cigarettes in the rear of the vehicle. Officers took Ahmad into custody without incident. 

The MDTA Police contacted the Comptroller of Maryland - Field Enforcement Division regarding the seizure, and an agent charged Ahmad with transporting cigarettes within Maryland without the tobacco tax being paid and unlawfully possessing more than 30 cartons of unstamped cigarettes. The total tax loss for the state of Maryland is $24,000.

“The MDTA Police continues to partner with allied law-enforcement agencies to help eliminate criminal activity on our roadways,” said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

The investigation revealed Ahmad was traveling from North Carolina to New Jersey. After processing, Ahmad was transported by the Comptroller of Maryland Field Enforcement Division to the Harford County Detention Center. He was released pending his trial.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 23, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER OF

TANKER TRUCK FROM FATAL CRASH ON I-95

Involved Individuals & Witnesses Asked To Contact

MDTA Police At 410-537-1208

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have identified the operator of the Carroll Fuel tanker truck who died in a major crash that occurred on I-95 in Baltimore City on Saturday, Dec. 17

Clinton Lamont Worrell, Jr., a 31-year old from Baltimore, died in the crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue.

There are still a number of unclaimed vehicles.  The MDTA Police request any operators, passengers, involved individuals OR witnesses in the crashes in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 17, to contact the MDTA Police at 410-537-1208.  The MDTA Police need information to match the operators and passengers with the vehicles involved.  

Please be advised that the MDTA Police will interview anyone claiming a vehicle prior to releasing their vehicle.  Here is the information that the Police need:

  • Vehicle they were operating;
  • Passengers in the vehicle; and
  • Contact information.

Anyone meeting the above criteria may call the MDTA Police at 410-537-1208.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland’s citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 22, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT

AT KEY BRIDGE TOMORROW NIGHT

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

#MakeAPlan

 

BALTIMORE, MD - To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, Dec. 23, at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) toll plaza in Baltimore.

"During the holiday season, alcohol-related crashes are at their highest. If you do go out and drink, plan for a sober ride home," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

During the checkpoint, the MDTA Police will distribute information about laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Motorists caught driving while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted.

According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

drivers with an alcohol level of 0.15 percent were 12 times more likely to crash than sober drivers. The study also revealed that marijuana users were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.

To date, MDTA officers have arrested nearly 930 impaired drivers in 2016.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 20, 2016

 

TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY? REMINDERS FOR REPORTING EMERGENCIES ON THE ROAD

Help Police Help You

 

BALTIMORE, MD – During this busy holiday season, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Communications Unit reminds motorists using the State’s toll facilities to drive safely and remain vigilant during their commutes.

Motorists requiring emergency assistance should dial 911.  Non-emergency assistance is available by dialing #77.  When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide the following:

  • The location of the emergency.
  • A call-back telephone number.
  • Details of the incident, crash, disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

The dispatcher will ask a series of questions to help ensure that the caller receives the proper emergency response.  Motorists are reminded to please be patient and answer all questions to the best of their ability.  The more information provided, the more prepared emergency personnel will be when they arrive on the scene to provide assistance.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland’s citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2016
 
 

MDTA POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED TWO OF THREE

FATALITIES FROM MAJOR CRASHES ON I-95

Involved Individuals & Witnesses Contact

Tunnel Command Duty Station At 410-537-1208

 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have identified two of the three fatalities that occurred on I-95 in Baltimore City on Saturday, Dec. 17. The Police have not yet identified the operator of the tanker truck who died in the major crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue.

Alfredo Santos Orellana, a 38-year old male from Mount Rainier, died in the crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue. Mehmed Hodzic, a 54-year old male from Edgewood, died in the crash on I-95 near Eastern Avenue.

There are still a number of unclaimed vehicles. The MDTA Police request any operators, passengers, involved individuals OR witnesses in the crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue to contact the Tunnel Command Duty Station at 410-537-1208. The MDTA Police need information to match the operators and passengers with the vehicles involved.

Please be advised that the MDTA Police will interview anyone claiming a vehicle prior to releasing their vehicle. Here is the information that the Police need:

  • Vehicle they were operating;
  • Passengers in the vehicle; and
  • Contact information.

Anyone meeting the above criteria may call the Tunnel Command Duty Station at 410-537-1208.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

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