On July 6, 2018, Cpl. Handy observed what appeared to be a disabled vehicle in the 26000 block of Sandgate’s Road in Mechanicsville. Once Cpl. Handy stopped to provide assistance, he realized the vehicle had been involved in an accident. Cpl. Handy made contact with the driver, James Stephen Gass, age 26 of Leonardtown.

Gass was uncooperative and refused to remain at the scene of the accident. Cpl. Handy attempted to detain Gass, at which time Gass assaulted Cpl. Handy by pushing and punching him. Gass was ultimately taken into custody. Gass also purposely exposed himself to a victim attempting to provide care after his motor vehicle accident, and once at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center Gass attempted to assault a correctional officer.

Gass was charged with Assault 2nd Degree (2 counts), Indecent Exposure, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct. CASE# 35799-18