News Release, Maryland State Police-Leonardtown Barracks

On February 16, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Trooper J. Powis conducted a traffic stop near College Drive, St. Mary’s City, MD. Upon contact with the driver, identified as Darren Edward Cole (31 of St. Inigoes, MD), a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. Further investigation revealed that Cole was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. While being handcuffed, Cole began to resist arrest. Cole assaulted Tpr. Powis then attempted to flee on foot, but Cole was quickly apprehended. Cole was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Resisting Arrest & Second Degree Assault (19- MSP-00711)


On February 18, 2019 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Trooper K. Bauer responded to Twist Wine & Spirits located at 22608 Three Notch Road, California, MD for a reported burglar alarm. Upon arrival Tpr Bauer observed the front glass door was shattered. Investigation revealed a white male suspect threw a large rock through the glass door, entered the building and stole several bottles of liquor. The suspect, later identified as David Richard Speakman (24 of Hollywood), was located at a residence on Heritage Hill Lane during a call for service, later the same morning. Tpr. Bauer had probable cause to believe Speakman committed the burglary. Speakman was transported to St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged on an arrest warrant with; Second Degree Burglary, Malicious Destruction of Property and Theft Less than $100. (19-MSP-007284)


On February 18, 2019 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Tfc J. Mulhearn responded to Ironwood Way, Lexington Park, MD for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, Tfc Mulhearn made contact with the suspect, Callie Anne Whitney (20 of Leonardtown), and detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath. Whitney initially provided a false name, pushed Tfc Mulhearn and fled on foot. She was apprehended a short time later. While in handcuffs, Whitney assaulted Tfc Mulhearn and continued to act disorderly. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Second Degree Assault. Whitney was also served with two (2) open arrest warrants. (19-MSP-007343)


The following people were arrested for Driving under the Influence:

  • On 2/15/2019, Ronald Eugene Ridgell, 19 of Mechanicsville, MD was arrested by Tpr J. Powis
  • On 2/15/2019, Jennifer Lynn Huntington, 26 of Mechanicsville, MD was arrested by Tpr R. Kaszubski
  • On 2/16/2019, Darren Edward Cole, 31 of St. Inigoes, MD was arrested by Tpr J. Powis
  • On 2/17/2019, Marquetta Bodine Yorkman, 48 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tfc A. Oyler
  • On 2/17/2019, Cory Alexander Chaconas, 27 of Lusby, MD was arrested by Tfc J. Rutkoski
  • On 2/18/2019, Wendell Renard Kyler, 52 of Washington, DC was arrested by Tfc A. Oyler

The following people were arrested for Open Warrants:

  • On 2/12/2019, Elijah Keenan Craig, 28 of Washington, DC was arrested by Tfc A. Opirhory for FTA-Driving While Suspended
  • On 2/13/2019, 17 year old juvenile was arrested by Tfc M. Johnson for Armed Robbery, Theft $100 to under $1500
  • On 2/14/2019, Constance J. Wade, 41 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tfc B. DiToto for FTA-Driving While Suspended
  • On 2/15/2019, Ashley Shana James, 33 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tfc B. DiToto for FTA-Theft $100 to Under $1500
  • On 2/18/2019, Callie Anne Whitney, 20 of Leonardtown, MD was arrested by Tfc J. Mulhearn for FTA-Driving While Suspended.
  • On 2/18/2019, David Richard Speakman, 24 of Hollywood, MD was arrested by Tpr K. Bauer for Theft Less Than $100, Malicious Destruction of Property +$1000, 2nd Degree Burglary
  • On 2/19/2019, Kyle Loel Briscoe, 30 of California, MD was arrested by Tfc A. Oyler for CDS Possession Marijuana 10 Gm+

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