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Westminster man placed on probation for DUI, assault

Bryson Lamont Magruder received probation before judgment after being found guilty of assault and driving under the influence of alcohol. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1LhRTVX">http://bit.ly/1LhRTVX</a>
Bryson Lamont Magruder received probation before judgment after being found guilty of assault and driving under the influence of alcohol. Full story: http://bit.ly/1LhRTVX (HANDOUT)

A Westminster man received probation before judgment Tuesday after being found guilty of assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bryson Lamont Magruder, 22, of the unit block of North Bishop Street, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts in two cases.

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In the first case, Westminster police stopped Magruder's car at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 7 after they saw him pull into a parking lot and drive over a concrete parking barrier before stopping, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Circuit Court Chief Attorney Allan Culver.

The driver, identified as Magruder, exited the vehicle and police smelled marijuana and alcohol, according to Culver. Magruder performed poorly during field sobriety tests and was arrested.

On Jan. 4, Taneytown police were called to a Carnival Drive residence after Magruder's mother ran to her neighbor's home to report her son had assaulted her, according to Culver.

Magruder woke the victim at about 3:45 a.m. and was standing outside her bedroom demanding she open the door and talk to him, according to Culver. When she told him to go downstairs and sleep, Magruder kicked open the door, pulled her down the hall and tackled her.

"Assaulting anyone is not good, but assaulting your mother is about as bad as it gets," Judge Michael M. Galloway told Magruder.

Public defender Alex Cruickshank said Magruder's mother wants him to be on supervised probation and enter treatment for substance abuse.

Galloway placed Magruder on two years of supervised probation and ordered him to be evaluated for treatment and follow all recommendations.

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