'Bikeman' sentenced to jail time

February 24, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD


A man whose application to become Hagerstown's mayor was denied because he lives outside city limits was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve eight months in jail for violating his probation.

The sentence for Darrell Robert McCammon came after he admitted that he violated his probation, in part by stealing a police bicycle helmet in July.

On his application for mayor, McCammon, 51, of 1524 Howell Road, listed his name as Darrell "Bikeman" McCammon.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Thursday sentenced McCammon to 18 months for a misdemeanor theft conviction of stealing the police bicycle helmet and 18 months for a conviction on a charge of concealing a deadly weapon for showing a knife to an off-duty Montgomery County police officer in June 2004. McDowell suspended both sentences.


The charges are from separate incidents but were heard together Feb. 9, when McCammon pleaded guilty to both charges in Circuit Court. The violation of probation conviction, for which he will serve eight months, stems from a driving under the influence charge. That case was heard Thursday.

McCammon's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden, told McDowell that his client was involved in "an incident with the police several years ago" and has not been able to let go of his grudge.

"He's making mountains out of molehills and is not making good choices," Creeden said.

McDowell ordered McCammon to serve 18 months of supervised probation upon his release. Among the conditions of his probation, McCammon must complete any mental health treatment recommended by his probation officer and have no abusive contact with Hagerstown Police Department Officer C.T. Streightiff, whose bicycle helmet was stolen.

According to charging documents, Streightiff's patrol bicycle and helmet were stolen July 19 after he parked the bicycle in front of Gourmet Goat II at Jonathan and Franklin streets and went inside at about 2 p.m.

McCammon was found with the bicycle and helmet about 10 minutes later in the 100 block of East Memorial Street, court documents state.

When McCammon was arrested, he told police that he took the bicycle and helmet because he thought it belonged to another police officer, according to charging documents.

The felony theft charge of stealing the bicycle was placed on the inactive docket.

Staff writer Daniel J. Sernovitz contributed to this story.

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