Driver charged in death of county official's son Driver charged with auto manslaughter


Maryland State Police have charged Wade Mendes, of the 2500 block of Old Washington Road, in the automobile death of Russell Adam Jones, son of Dr. Richard Jones, Carroll County medical examiner.

According to 1st Sgt. Stephen C. Reynolds, spokesman for the police, Mr. Mendes was held in $7,500 bail on charges of automobile manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide while intoxicated, and driving while intoxicated.

Additional charges of reckless driving, exceeding the speed limit and failure to drive right of center were also placed. The maximum penalty is 16 years in prison and a $10,500 fine, Sergeant Reynolds said.

The July 13 accident that killed Mr. Jones, who was 29, sent Mr. Mendes, 47, to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. A blood test taken there indicated that his alcohol level was above the legal limit.

Mr. Mendes' examination also indicated the presence of marijuana and cocaine, police said.

A reconstruction of the accident conducted by police indicated that Mr. Mendes was traveling at 83 mph in a 55-mile zone when his 1970 Nova ran off the road, struck a guardrail and overturned several times, ejecting Mr. Jones, the spokesman said.

The crash occurred on Route 97 near the Morgan Run Bridge, 6 miles south of Westminster.

Mr. Mendes, who lived in the same house as the victim, is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

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