Matthew Keith Haines, the 34-year-old son of a Carroll County state senator, was granted release without bail yesterday -- and ordered into a drug and alcohol program -- after spending almost a month in jail on charges that he stole two women's keys and drove off in their vehicles.
Haines had been held at the Carroll County Detention Center since Nov. 21 in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Haines wore a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers as he was brought into court yesterday, chained at the ankles. He did not address the judge.
Defense attorney Erin M. Danz, who filed a habeas corpus petition to get Haines released from jail, declined to comment after the hearing. Haines' father, Republican Sen. Larry E. Haines, did not appear in court.
Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. listened to the attorneys in a
private bench conference before setting the conditions for Haines' release.
Assistant State's Attorney Clarence W. Beall III noted the similarities in the two cases -- vehicles stolen from a person at a bar -- and "the alcohol and obviously the drug problem."
Haines "is a potential danger to himself and others if the court does elect to release him," the prosecutor said. "Some bail is appropriate."
The judge released Haines without bail but placed him on pretrial home detention monitored by Alert, a private home-detention program in Westminster and Baltimore. The judge also ordered Haines to attend New Life Addiction Counseling Services Inc.
Robert D. Kirkland, a New Life marketing and community relations representative, said this will include regular urine tests and breath-analysis, intensive three-hour sessions and attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
"I met with Mr. Haines at the detention center," Kirkland told the judge, "and he's willing to do whatever he has to do in recovery."
"Everybody is here to help Mr. Haines, and that's what we're looking at," Burns said.
He denied the state's motion for assignment of a special prosecutor, saying he saw no need for it.
Haines, of the 100 block of W. Main St. in Westminster, is charged in both cases with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft under $300 -- the keys.
Last month, a New Windsor woman told state police that she noticed her keys and pickup truck were missing soon after an acquaintance left Fiestas, a restaurant and bar on Route 140, according to charging documents. She gave the police an address, and troopers reported finding her 1995 Toyota truck parked nearby.
In the earlier case, Haines was accused of taking a woman's keys from the bar at the House of Pasta in Manchester on Sept. 23 and leaving in her Saturn, which was found about a month later in Baltimore. Haines received a criminal summons charging him with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft of the woman's keys.
Pub Date: 12/18/98