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Teen ordered detained after allegedly driving car without a license

July 31, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

A 17-year-old who police allege wouldn't give an officer his name during a traffic stop, refused to be fingerprinted and swung at an officer was ordered detained Tuesday pending his trial before a Washington County Circuit judge.

The Hagerstown teenager was one of five people traveling, radio blaring, in a vehicle that was pulled over by Officer Brad Helman in the 100 block of South Locust Street at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Joe Michael said.

Michael said the teenager in court Tuesday was driving the vehicle without a license.

The passengers included two other 17-year-old Hagerstown males and Quintel Owens, 18, of 450 Park Place, and Phillip Nathaniel Taylor, 18, of 17 East Ave.

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All five were charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana.

The driver also was charged with obstruction and hindering and second-degree assault, Michael said.

Michael said police searched the vehicle and the occupants and found a large amount of crack cocaine and marijuana.

During his arrest, the 17-year-old driver was "extraordinarily disrespectful to adults," said Michael. When the 17-year-old was released to his parents after his arrest, he continued to curse and be disrespectful to police, according to Michael.

Michael said he was concerned about the juveniles being controlled by adults like Taylor and Owens who have criminal backgrounds.

Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell, sitting in juvenile court, said the youth had violated his probation in the past, been on community detention and has a history of drug possession. He ordered him to be detained.

In a separate detention hearing, another of the juveniles arrested during the traffic stop was placed on community detention, or house arrest.

A juvenile on community detention may remain at home with certain restrictions.

McDowell said that juvenile was the least culpable of the defendants and has a clean background. An aunt was present in court and the juvenile was enrolled in school, according to defense attorney John Chillas.

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