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Patterson Mill senior charged with drunk driving, hit-and-run

A Patterson Mill High School senior was accused of a hit-and-run after a Kingsville party on Sunday and was later charged with drinking and driving.

Brandon Cole Martin, 18, of the 2500 block of Merrick Way in Abingdon, went to a party on Glenbauer Road in Kingsville, where he "had some words" with other people and was asked to leave, his lawyer, David Henninger, said Tuesday.

He was followed out to his car by people from the party and, when he hit the gas, his car jumped the curb and apparently hit "a couple" of people, Henninger said.

The victims were hospitalized and suffered muscle damage, cuts and scrapes and a broken foot, according to a report read by Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper during a bail review Monday.

That incident was handled by Baltimore County Police, who did not immediately have a report available.

Martin then left the scene and had an accident going home at Jerusalem Road and Old Joppa Road, where he ran off the road. In that incident, he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by alcohol.

In the Kingsville incident, Martin was later charged with failing to return to the scene of an accident, failing to immediately stop at an accident involving bodily injury and failing to report the accident to police.

Henninger told Cooper during his bail review that Martin is expecting to graduate from high school and would like to be able to return to school. Martin, who works for his mother's cleaning business and previously worked at Chick-fil-A, was originally held on $150,000 bail.

His parents were both in the courtroom during the bail review.

An assistant state's attorney said Martin is a danger to the community.

Cooper kept his bail at $150,000 in the Baltimore County case and $5,000 bail in the Harford County case. He remained at the Harford County Detention Center as of Tuesday, according to court records.

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