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Man sentenced for using car like a bowling ball

Reginald Price

Leonardtown, MD -- A man who used his car like a bowling ball suffered the consequences June 29 in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. Reginald Price, 49, of Leonardtown was sentenced by Judge Michael Stamm to five years in the Maryland Department of Corrections.

Price pled guilty March 20 to reckless endangerment and two counts of malicious destruction of property in connection with an incident that occurred in June of last year.

According to court documents, Price allegedly struck two people with his car and narrowly missed a third, threw a brick at another car and drove over a chain-link fence and a SMECO electrical transformer. The incident occurred on Birch Manor Drive after Price was reportedly ordered to leave a house.

In accepting the pleas to the three charges, the state dropped a more serious first-degree assault charge.

At the sentencing hearing, one of the victims testified that Price’s insurance company has been giving him a runaround about compensation for his car’s damaged windshield and bumper. Judge Stamm, as part of the sentence, ordered restitution of more than $3,000 be turned over to the state for collection from Price.

The judge sentenced Price to five years for the reckless endangerment conviction and three years and 60 days for the other two convictions but ordered that all three be served concurrently leaving Price with a maximum exposure of five years.

Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis told the judge that all three sentences were at the top of state guidelines for the offenses.

Prince was represented at the sentencing hearing by Waldorf attorney Thomas Pyles.

According to state court records Price has a long criminal history over the past 10 years, including four separate drug charges, and one each for assault and traffic violations. All of those charges were subsequently dropped by the state, according to the court records.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com

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