Traffic stop leads to charges

August 02, 2005

After a Maryland State Police trooper pulled over a car he saw suddenly accelerate on South Potomac Street this morning, he found that the driver was allegedly drunk and ended up charging both the driver and the passenger with drug offenses, according to a news release from state police.

Trooper 1st Class Joshua Barnes saw the 2003 Mitsubishi Galant start to change its pace on South Potomac Street at about 1 a.m. When he pulled over the car and approached the driver, Christian Byer Bikle, he smelled "an odor of alcoholic beverage and of burning marijuana coming from the vehicle," according to the release.

After a field sobriety test, Barnes arrested and charged Bikle with driving under the influence. A subsequent search of the car turned up two small baggies of marijuana. Bikle also allegedly had cigarette rolling papers in his wallet.

Bikle, 23, of Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with driving under the influence, speeding, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.


The passenger in the vehicle and the car's owner, Nicole Lynn Peterson, 22, of Abbott Drive in Boonsboro, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug parapheranalia, according to the release.

Youth, 17, involved in accident

A 17-year-old Hagerstown youth was taken to Washington County Hospital last night after he lost control of the 1995 Pontiac Grand Am he was driving on Rench Road, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The boy's injuries were not life threatening, police said.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, the boy was eastbound in the 18200 block of Rench Road when he lost control of his car as he crested a hill, according to the release. The car spun, left the road and crashed through a fence, coming to a stop in a nearby yard, according to the release.

City police crime report

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls since Sunday, according to a written release from Sgt. Paul Kifer:

On Monday:

  • At 8:06 a.m., a ladder was reported stolen from the first block of Berner Avenue.

  • At 8:55 a.m., a natural death was reported in the 800 block of Spruce Street.

On Sunday:

  • At 9:33 a.m., a motor vehicle was scratched and had four tires flattened while it was parked to the rear of the first block of North Locust Street.

  • At 1:20 p.m., Roy Allen Sisk II, 32, of no fixed address, was charged with fourth-degree burglary.

  • At 2:45 p.m., Loretta Lynn Jameson, 37, of 1029 W. Washington St., was charged with fourth-degree burglary.

  • At 9:58 p.m., a camcorder and DVDs were reported stolen from the Baltimore Street Car Wash.

  • At 11:35 p.m., a strong armed robbery was reported in the area of West Hillcrest and Mitchell avenues. A knife and a cell phone were reported stolen.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls since Sunday, Cpl. Roy Harsh said:


  • At 11 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 20200 block of Robinwood Court. No arrests were made.

  • At 8:02 p.m., valve stems on tires were reported cut in the 18600 block of Canteen Circle.

  • At 9:04 p.m., the Hancock Citgo and Subway, at 187 and 189 W. Main St. in Hancock, was robbed. A white man, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, bald and wearing sunglasses on his head, took money out of a cashier's hand and ran out of the store. The man was 40 to 50 years old and fled in a red Buick with tinted windows, police said.

  • At 2:41 a.m., a beer bottle reportedly was thrown at a window in the 13700 block of Broadfording Church Road.


  • At 12:04 a.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 13600 block of Kenneth Street. No arrests were made.
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