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Update: Charges Filed After Suspect Flees Traffic Stop in St. Mary’s County


UPDATE:
November 30, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - After consultation with the Office of the State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County, charges have been filed against the suspect who fled a traffic stop in St. Mary’s County last night.

The accused is identified as Dion Jamar Davis, 29, of Lexington Park, Maryland.  Davis is charged with second degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of controlled dangerous substance and other traffic violations. He is currently being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center awaiting an initial appearance.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m. last night, state troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack were working stationary patrol on Maryland Route 246 (Great Mills Road) when they observed a Cadillac CTS traveling without its headlights illuminated. One of the troopers subsequently followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at Forest Run Drive at Great Mills Road.

As the trooper approached the Cadillac on foot, he detected the odor of marijuana.  A second trooper arrived on scene for assistance.  The driver and sole occupant of the Cadillac, later identified as Davis, was asked to step out of the vehicle at which time he accelerated and fled from the traffic stop.

A low speed vehicle pursuit ensued and within two minutes, the Cadillac began to emit smoke.  Davis stopped the Cadillac at a dead end on Spring Valley Drive at Valley Court at which time the engine compartment caught fire. Davis exited the burning vehicle and fled on foot behind an apartment complex on Valley Court.

The state trooper who was first to arrive on the scene pursued Davis on foot while maintaining visual contact with him.  He noticed that Davis was fidgeting at his waistband for something. In fear for his life and others on the scene, the trooper removed his agency issued firearm from his holster and continued to pursue Davis on foot. At some point during the foot pursuit, the trooper and Davis became involved in a physical altercation. During the struggle, one round was discharged from the firearm. At this time, circumstances surrounding the discharge of the round are currently under investigation.   No one was injured.

Davis surrendered and was immediately taken into police custody. No one was injured during the incident.

State Police investigators are continuing to conducted interviews with witnesses.  State Police crime scene technicians responded to process the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division. An investigation is also underway by the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit, which is procedure.

The investigation continues..

Lexington Park, MD – November 30, 2019 - Charges are pending the outcome of an investigation after a suspect flees a traffic stop in St. Mary’s County.

The suspect is not being identified at this time. He is in police custody at the Leonardtown Barrack and faces criminal charges related to the incident.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 8:30 p.m. yesterday evening, a trooper from the Leonardtown Barrack was on patrol in the Lexington Park area when he noticed a Cadillac CTS traveling without its headlights illuminated in the area of Great Mills Road. The trooper subsequently initiated a traffic stop at Forest Run Drive at Great Mills Road.

As the trooper approached the Cadillac on foot, he detected the odor of marijuana.  A second trooper arrived on scene for assistance.  The driver of the Cadillac was asked to step out of the vehicle at which time he accelerated and fled from the traffic stop.

A low speed vehicle pursuit ensued and within two minutes, the Cadillac came to rest at a dead end in an apartment complex at Spring Valley Drive at Valley Court.  The driver of the vehicle bailed out of the Cadillac and attempted to flee.

A trooper on scene noticed the driver fidgeting for something in his pants. In fear for his life and others on the scene, the trooper removed his agency issued firearm from his holster. At some point, the trooper and the suspect became involved in a physical altercation. During the struggle, one shot was fired from the trooper’s assigned duty pistol. The driver then surrendered and was taken into police custody. No one was injured during the incident.

State Police investigators are continuing to conduct interviews with witnesses.  State Police crime scene technicians responded to process the scene.

The investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division. An investigation is also underway by the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit, which is procedure.

Upon completion, the investigation by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division will be forwarded to the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

The investigation continues..

 

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