An Upperco man was arrested and charged early Thursday morning after stealing from a number of cars and breaking myriad traffic laws, police said.
Drew Johnson, 19, of the 15000 block of Hanover Pike in Baltimore County, was charged with rogue and vagabond and theft of property between $100 and $1,500, according to electronic court records.
Johnson was also charged with eight traffic violations, including reckless driving, negligent driving, and driving or attempting to drive while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, electronic court records show. Johnson was released on his own recognizance Thursday.
According to the police-authored statement of probable cause, while responding to calls regarding items stolen from vehicles in the Roberts Field neighborhood at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Hampstead police officers were dispatched to a more pressing call involving a supposedly intoxicated person attempting to get into a vehicle nearby on Red Oak Court.
A suspect is in custody following a series from thefts from autos in the Roberts Field neighborhood of Hampstead from Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Police are working to return items to their owners.
A gold Ford Taurus pulled out of Red Oak Court and turned onto Sycamore Lane toward police vehicles responding to the call, the statement shows. Officers pulled the car over after noticing the person wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, police said.
The gold car did not stop immediately after police initiated lights and sirens but came to a halt down the street, the statement said. Officers approached the vehicle to find Johnson, who they described as having bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils and lethargic speech, police said.
Police also saw a jacket that appeared to be covering a mound of objects on the passenger’s side floorboard, the statement shows. The jacket did reveal many charging cords and a gym bag, police wrote in the statement.
Officers eventually conducted a field sobriety test, which Johnson largely failed, police wrote. Officers also asked the 19-year-old what time he thought it was, to which he responded 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. despite it being after 7 in the morning, the statement detailed.
Hampstead police officers discovered an open bottle of alcohol, about $30 in the car, 20 pairs of sunglasses, 20 charging cords, three bags, a camera and a “large amount” of cash in the “wallet containing (Johnson’s) MD driver’s license,” police wrote in the statement.