Early Morning Checkpoint Results in Arrests

(Edgewood, MD – November 15, 2007) — During the early morning hours of November 7, 2007, Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Motor Vehicle Administration Agents participated in a license and registration checkpoint on Brookside Drive in Edgewood, Maryland. The motor vehicle detail was one of several initiatives put into place by Sheriff Bane after the shooting death of Samuel Horne in August, 2007.

Three checkpoints were put in place along Brookside Drive at the intersections of Tree Top Drive, Gateway Drive and Swallow Crest Drive. At each location message board signs were in place indicating a “License and Registration Checkpoint Ahead”. Drivers approach the checkpoints and are greeted by a deputy who explains the reason for the detail while requesting the driver’s license and the vehicle registration card. The driver’s license and vehicle registration information are run through the Motor Vehicles Administration files by MVA agents on the scene. If the computer check yields no problems the entire process last approximately 30 seconds and the drivers are sent on their way.

The three hour detail resulted in two arrests and a total of 64 motor vehicle citations, warnings, and State Equipment Repair Orders being issued with 12 vehicles being towed and stored.

Amber Carol Cook, 21 of the 1900 block of Eloise Lane , Edgewood was arrested at the checkpoint and charged with Driving without a License, Disorderly Conduct, Attempted Assault Second Degree, Resisting Arrest, Attempted Malicious Destruction, and Littering. Cook was later released on her own recognize after a hearing before a District Court Commissioner. Also arrested was a 16 year juvenile female from Edgewood who was charged with Driving without a License, and Giving False Information to a Police Officer.