Man sentenced to 1 year for causing crash while drunk


A Westminster man received a one-year jail sentence yesterday after he was found guilty of causing a serious automobile accident while intoxicated in July.

Michael Brian Owens, 34, was convicted of causing life-threatening injuries while intoxicated, which carries a possible sentence of three years' imprisonment, and was sentenced by Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.

Owens had a 0.22 blood alcohol level, according to a statement of facts by Assistant State's Attorney David P. Daggett.

The two-vehicle collision occurred July 16 on Route 97, south of Westminster near Nicodemus Road. Police said Owens' Chevrolet van was traveling north at 9: 48 p.m. when it swerved into the southbound lane and struck a Ford Bronco.

The driver of the Bronco and three passengers were injured, Daggett said. One of them was hospitalized for 13 days with severe blood loss and uses a wheelchair because of a leg injury.

Bail set at $5,000 for man accused of attacking woman

A Westminster man accused of assaulting a woman New Year's Day was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday.

Charles E. Estep, 34, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. was arrested Sunday after the woman filed a complaint alleging that he threatened her and held her against a wall in their home at 2 p.m. Friday. She said he became angry when he learned her ex-husband had been to the home to visit her children.

If Estep posts bail and is freed, he was ordered to have no contact with the woman. A trial was set for March 12.


Westminster: Firefighters responded at 5: 41 a.m. Sunday to a fire alarm in the 100 block of Timber Ridge Drive. Units were out 50 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 8: 19 a.m. Sunday to a pole fire in the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. Units were out 13 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded at 7: 56 a.m. Saturday to an odor of electrical burning on John Street. Units were out 45 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 1: 34 p.m. Saturday to a carbon monoxide detector alarm on Liberty Street. Units were out 26 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 10: 58 p.m. Friday to a brush fire in the 100 block of John St. Units were out 15 minutes.

Pub Date: 1/05/99

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