Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday Night

Have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tomorrow night, September 19, the Montgomery County Department of Police, Maryland State Police, the Gaithersburg Police Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

When: Saturday, September 19, beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m (weather permitting)

Where: Undisclosed Location

**The media is invited to attend. Please email the Public Information Division at MCPD_PIO@montgomerycountymd.gov to RSVP.

Suspect Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in Silver Spring; Officers Locate Gun in Vehicle

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-Alcohol Initiatives Unit have arrested and charged Stephanie Vasquez, age 25, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, with offenses to include driving under the influence of alcohol, transporting a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

On August 2, at approximately 1:20 a.m., an Alcohol Initiatives Unit officer in an unmarked police cruiser was driving northbound Georgia Avenue approaching Colesville Road in Silver Spring when the officer observed a person driving recklessly and committing numerous traffic violations.

The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Vasquez. As the officer began to speak to Vasquez, he noted that in addition to her already observed erratic driving behavior, she was exhibiting signs of alcohol impairment.  The officer administered sobriety tests and Vasquez was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of alcohol.  A loaded handgun was located in the glove compartment of Vasquez’ vehicle.

It was determined that Vasquez is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior criminal conviction.

Vasquez was transported to the Central Processing Unit.

Stephanie Vasquez

Suspect Charged with Hit-and-Run Collision and Driving Under the Influence; Loaded Handgun Found in Vehicle

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District have arrested and charged Exsor Espino, age 39, of Hyattsville, Maryland, with offenses to include leaving the scene of a collision (hit-and-run), driving without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol, and transporting a loaded handgun in a vehicle.

On July 17, at approximately 11:37 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to a hit-and-run collision that had just occurred in the area of the 10100 block of Kinross Avenue in Silver Spring.  The driver of the struck vehicle called the Emergency Communications Center (911) to report the collision and was able to provide the make, model, and tag number of the striking vehicle.

An officer looking for the striking vehicle located it in a parking lot in the 100 block of University Boulevard West.  As officers began to speak to the driver, who was identified as Espino, they noted that he was exhibiting signs of alcohol impairment.  An officer administered sobriety tests and Espino was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of alcohol.  A loaded handgun was located in a storage compartment in the rear passenger seat of Espino’s vehicle.

Espino was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

Exsor Espino

Suspect Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in Olney; Multiple Firearms Located in Vehicle

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District have arrested Alan Eugene Ballard, age 56, of Silver Spring, with offenses to include driving without a driver’s license, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and three counts of a handgun in a vehicle.

On April 15 at approximately 11:55 p.m., a 4th District officer was on routine patrol in his marked cruiser and observed a Dodge Caravan make a left turn from Olney Sandy Spring Road onto Old Baltimore Road on a solid red arrow.  The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver.  The officer noted that the driver, identified as Ballard, had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of alcohol.  The officer also observed a bottle of liquor on the floor of the vehicle.  Ballard was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Officers determined that he did not have a driver’s license.

During a search of the interior of Ballard’s vehicle, officers located three firearms and over 1,100 rounds of ammunition.  Officers continue to investigate the registration records for these firearms.

Ballard was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with traffic offenses and firearm-related offenses.  He has been released on bond.

 

Allan Ballard

 

2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force Concludes

Members of the 2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force devoted their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses during this holiday season.  The eight-week task force began on November 13, 2019, and concluded on January 5, 2020.

During this past week’s Alcohol Holiday Task Force (December 31, 2019, to January 5, 2020), task force officers arrested 32 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).

During the eight weeks of the task force, task force officers arrested a total of 288 people for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.

(It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by MCP officers during this time period is higher).

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 7

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 6

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 5

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 4

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 3

2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement – Week 2

2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement – Week 1

MCPD Alcohol Holiday Task Force Begins; Always Choose A Sober Ride

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents that they can assist in combating alcohol-related crime and collisions throughout the year:

If you plan on drinking, include a sober driver in your plans:

If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.

If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

If you believe you are observing a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs:

Call 911.  If possible, and without putting yourself in danger, obtain the license plate of the vehicle, the direction of travel of the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle (make, model, color).

If you have information on establishments that are selling alcohol to youth under 21 or over-serving patrons:

If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

If you believe it is an ongoing issue, you can call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous. Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

You can also call the Keeping it SAFE: Under Twenty-One Alcohol Prevention Coalition at 301-670-7233to report an ongoing issue of an establishment selling alcohol to minors.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

If you have information on an underage drinking party:

If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

If you have knowledge of a party planned for a future date, you can call the Keeping it SAFE: Under Twenty-One Alcohol Prevention Coalition at 301-670-7233.  You can leave a message and remain anonymous.  You can also call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

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