News Release, Maryland State Police-Leonardtown Barracks

On 2/26/2019 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Tfc J. Rutkoski conducted a traffic stop on Pegg Road and upon contact with the driver he detected a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a burnt marijuana cigar. The driver gave a false name and fled from the scene on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, the driver was apprehended and later identified as Latres Jovantae Cockerham, 21 of Hollywood, MD. Cockerham was transported to St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Resisting Arrest, Identity Fraud-Avoid Prosecution & Failure to obey a Lawful Order. Cockerham was issued a civil citation for Possession of CDS: Marijuana Less than 10grams. 19-MSP-008409


On 3/3/2019 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Tfc J. Rutkoski responded to Abell’s Wharf Road for a reported suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, he made contact with the complainant who witnessed a vehicle doing “donuts” in the grass parking area. The vehicle became disabled and was towed from the scene prior to Tfc Rutkoski’s arrival. Investigation revealed the owner of the vehicle as Lanny Wayne Chapman 3rd, 26 of Chaptico, MD. Tfc Rutkoski made contact with Chapman and based on the evidence arrested him for Malicious Destruction of Property. He was transported to the Leonardtown Barrack where he processed and released with a criminal citation. 19-MSP-009187

The following people were arrested for Driving under the Influence:

  • On 3/1/2019, Michael Lynn Winfrey, 35 of Mechanicsville, MD was arrested by M/Tpr J. Preston
  • On 3/1/2019, Patrick Neal Booth, 32 of Drayden, MD was arrested by Tfc A. Oyler
  • On 3/2/2019, Marcus Isaiah Peterson, 29 of Fort Washington, MD was arrested by M/Tpr J Preston
  • On 3/2/2019, Kara Marie Ridgell, 23 of Leonardtown, MD was arrested by Tfc A. Opirhory
  • On 3/3/2019, Brenham Michael Purves, 24 of Mechanicsville, MD was arrested by M/Tpr J Preston
  • On 3/3/2019, Robert Leonard Johnson, 33 of Charlotte, NC was arrested by Tpr Posch

The following people were arrested for Open Warrants:

  • On 2/28/2019, David S. Bennsky, 33 of Piney Point, MD was arrested for Violation of Probation-Violate Protective Order
  • On 3/1/2019, Joseph Allen Stillwell, 42 of Hughesville, MD was arrested by Tpr M. Whitman for FTA-Driving while Suspended
  • On 3/1/2019, Darren Patrick Obrien, 41 of Coltons Point, MD was arrested by Cpl M. Grimes for Malicious Destruction of Property, Failure to Stop after accident involving damage, Failure to Return to & Remain at scene of an accident, Failure to furnish required ID
  • On 3/4/2019, Darian Anton Pickett, 28 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tpr K. Bauer for FTA-Driving on Suspended Out-of-State License
  • On 3/6/2019, Garry Victor Shubrooks, Jr, 27 of St. Inigoes, MD was arrested by Tfc B. DiToto for Violation of Probation-Arson/Threat

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