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Troopers find Westminster man asleep at the wheel on Md. 140, arrest him on drug charges, state police say

Troopers find Westminster man asleep at the wheel on Md. 140, arrest him on drug charges, state police say
James Edward Kessler-Getty (Courtesy Photo)

When police were called for a truck stopped in the middle of Md. 140 on Thursday, they say they found a Westminster man asleep at the wheel and in possession of suspected heroin.

James Edward Kessler-Getty, 25, of the 400 block of Bennet Cerf Drive, was charged with making a false statement to an officer, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was held without bail after a Friday bail review, according to electronic court records.

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He was also wanted on four outstanding warrants, for a charge of theft scheme $1,500 up to $25,000 and several other misdemeanors, according to online court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, a Maryland State Police trooper was called to Md. 140 in the area of Bethel Road on Thursday for a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway, straddling the broken white line between lanes. The trooper noted that the driver was asleep and the truck was running and in drive. The driver’s foot was on the brake.

After several attempts to wake the driver, the trooper broke the window in order to shake the driver awake, according to the statement and then the trooper “had to tell him approximately 25 times to put the truck in park.”

The driver told the trooper he was just very tired, according to the statement. He told the trooper his name, but after looking at the photo identified with that name in Motor Vehicle Administration records, the trooper determined that it was a false name.

Another trooper who had arrived at the scene recognized the driver and identified him as Kessler-Getty, according to the statement. Troopers found through a license and warrant check that Kessler-Getty’s license was suspended and he had four open arrest warrants, according to the statement.

After troopers arrested Getty, they found capsules of suspected heroin on his person, according to the statement.

No attorney was listed for Kessler-Getty in court records. A court date is scheduled for June 14.

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