Sykesville man arrested for DUI, stolen gun, heroin

A Sykesville man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he failed multiple field sobriety tests and was caught with heroin and a loaded, stolen firearm in his possession, according to police.

Police charged Kristopher Bell, 26, of the 1000 block of Courtland Drive, with five criminal charges: possession of heroin, a controlled dangerous substance; possession of paraphernalia; wearing a handgun on his person; possession of a stolen handgun; and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, court records show.

Maryland State Police also issued seven traffic citations related to driving under the influence of heroin, according to charging documents. Bell is being held without bail, court records show.

According to the statement of probable cause, police pulled over a blue minivan on I-695 after it had swerved and sped all the way from Md. 140 in Carroll County — a “covert” state police vehicle followed the minivan. The arresting officer administered multiple field sobriety tests and Bell allegedly failed most, police said.

Bell consented to a breathalyzer, which showed he had not consumed alcohol, police said. Officers placed Bell under arrest, searched him and found cut drinking straws with “whitish powdery residue” and a plastic capsule in his pockets, according to the statement of probable cause.

Police said Bell “stated that the powder was heroin” and that he used the straws to snort it, according to the statement.

Officers then transported Bell to the Maryland State Police Westminster Barack, where they searched him again, police said. At that point, police found a handgun loaded with eight 9 mm rounds in the front of Bell’s pants, according to the statement of probable cause.

The firearm had been reported stolen, police said. Bell had two felony convictions — attempted robbery and first-degree assault — on his record, thus disqualifying him from legally possessing a gun.

A court date is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Carroll County District Courtroom 2.

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