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Washington County – On Sunday, April 27, at 9 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Pennsylvania man with multiple motor vehicle violations on Riser Road near the Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
NRP initiated a traffic stop on Jamie P. Watson, 29, of Warfordsburg, Pa. after observing him drive around a WMA gate. The area is closed to vehicle traffic. During the course of the traffic stop, Watson was arrested and charged with driving in a non-designated area on a wildlife management area, driving on a suspended out-of-state license, driving an uninsured vehicle and driving without current tags. Watson had an active arrest warrant for failure to appear on previous motor vehicle violations.
Watson was transported to the Washington County Detention Center and held on a $10,000 bond on the current charges and $4,000 bond on the failure to appear warrant.
Queen Anne’s County – On Saturday, April 26, at 12:11 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police investigated a boating accident on the Corsica River near Cove Lane.
Charles R. Johnston, 43, of Centreville was operating his 21-foot vessel with five passengers onboard when he failed to negotiate a turn in the river. Johnston’s vessel struck the shoreline. Two passengers, Elizabeth L. Livesay, 57, of Owings and Brian K. Long, 35, of Glen Burnie were transported to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Johnston was charged with operating a motor vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vessel while impaired by alcohol, operating a motor vessel while impaired by alcohol and or drugs, negligent operation, reckless operation and failure to maintain a proper lookout.
A court date of July 16 has been scheduled for Johnston in Queen Anne’s County District Court.
April 30, 2008
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
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