A Reisterstown man was charged Wednesday after he allegedly dumped 150 pounds of branches on Westminster city property and was uncooperative with police.
Nicholas Jacob Leslie, 22, was charged with one count of willfully failing to obey a reasonable and lawful order that a law enforcement officer makes to prevent a disturbance to the public peace and one count of litter dumping over 100 pounds. He was released on his own recognizance the same day, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of probable cause, a Westminster officer spotted Leslie and another male discarding the tree branches across Tahoma Farm’s Road and Ryder Court, to a wooded area near the bike/run trail, around 10 a.m. on Independence Day.
When the officer told the men it was illegal to dump the branches on city property, Leslie stated, “Why don’t you just keep driving and not worry ’bout it. Have a good Fourth of July,” according to the report.
Once being told by the officer that he could be charged for the littering, Leslie cursed and said, “Thank you for your service,” to which his friend advised him to stop talking.
The two men began picking up the branches to return them to their residence, but when the officer returned, the branches had been brought back to the original dumping location.
When the officer found the two men again, he informed Leslie he would be charged for the violation after repeated warnings.
“Due to several requests to remove the branches from the City Property with negative results, along with Leslie’s demeanor towards this officer, Leslie was placed under arrest and transported to Central Booking,” the officer wrote in the report.
Leslie could not be reached by the Times as the phone number on file was out of service.
A court date is scheduled for Sept. 11, according to electronic court records.