Hagerstown man charged with gun violations after traffic stop

June 20, 2011

A Hagerstown man operating a motor scooter was charged Monday with several handgun violations after being stopped for failing to use a turn signal, according to Hagerstown police.

Sean Scott Sandy, 31, of 707 Forest St., was charged with having a handgun on his person, having a handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a firearm and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, the charge summary said. He also was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing police, second-degree assault, two counts of malicious destruction of property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and the turn-signal violation, court records said.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, officers saw a motor scooter with two riders on East Franklin Street, the statement of probable cause said. The scooter was in front of a cruiser and made a turn into a church parking lot without signaling, the document said.

The cruiser followed the scooter into the parking lot, where the operator accelerated past a group of children, the charging document said. The operator drove through an alley onto North Locust Street, nearly hitting another cruiser, the document said.

The operator stopped on the 100 block of East Avenue and ran off, the charging document said. As he was being chased through yards, an officer saw the man pull something from his shorts and drop it in a grassy area, the document said.

The man ignored orders to stop and was hit with an “electronic control device,” but still struggled with two officers as they tried to handcuff him. He also was hit with pepper spray twice, the charging document said. Police found a loaded Taurus .38 Special revolver in the area where an officer saw the man drop something.

The operator was identified as Sandy from a Maryland learner’s permit, the charging document said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Camuti-Carranza told District Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright on Monday that Sandy had a criminal record that included assault and possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

Wright increased Sandy’s bond from $85,000 to $150,000.
The unidentified passenger on the scooter stayed with the vehicle after it stopped, the document said.

— Don Aines

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