Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight; Choose a Sober Driver

During Cinco de Mayo, there are many celebrations where people choose to drink alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, May 5, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and Maryland Natural Resources Police 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

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, May 5 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**




Media Advisory: Officer Reunited with Seven-Year-Old with Autism Whom He Located


The media is invited to the reunion of Officer Jonathan Pruziner and 7-year-old Sahara and her mother, Mary.  Officer Pruziner located Sahara after she went missing from her home. Officer Laurie Reyes of the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit will also be in attendance.


Today, Friday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Police 5th District Station
20000 Aircraft Drive


On Saturday, March 4 at approximately noon, officers were called to a residence in Germantown for the report of a missing seven-year-old with Autism who is non-verbal.  The child, Sahara, whose nickname is “Mookie,” had run out of the home.  The babysitter located Sahara at a local park but when the babysitter called for her, Sahara ran off.

Officers and K9 teams responded to the area and began an extensive search for Sahara.  The Police Department also called for the assistance of a Maryland State Police helicopter.  Officer Pruziner, who had learned in MCP training that those with Autism can have a dangerous attraction to water, walked behind the town homes on Locustdale Drive to a creek that leads to a pond.  At approximately 1:15 p.m., Officer Pruziner located Sahara by the creek.  He requested that Fire and Rescue personnel respond and access Sahara for possible cold exposure (temperatures were in the 30s that day).  She was transported to a local hospital and then to Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., for treatment of hypothermia.

After Sahara was located, Officer Laurie Reyes of the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit reached out to Sahara’s family and caregivers.


Please call the Police Department’s Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.


Media Advisory: MCP Latent Fingerprint Examiner to Retire with Over 30 Years of Dedicated Service


The media is invited to speak with Mary Ann Horton, Montgomery County Police Senior Latent Fingerprint Examiner, who will retire on January 31 with over 30 years of dedicated service with the Montgomery County Police Department.  During her career as a latent fingerprint examiner, she has analyzed fingerprint evidence for thousands of Montgomery County Police criminal investigations.

The media is also welcome to visit the Latent Print Unit (located at the Public Safety Headquarters) to observe Mary Ann Horton’s work.


Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Upon arriving to Headquarters, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.  A Public Information Officer will then escort you to the Latent Print Unit.


Please call the Police Department’s Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.

Advisory: MCP Active Assailant Training Exercise Saturday

What:  Tomorrow, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), continuing an established community partnership with Lockheed Martin, is conducting an active assailant training exercise at Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda.  Portions of Rockledge Drive in the area of the Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters will be closed for the duration of the training exercise.

When:  Saturday, November 19, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters

              6801 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda           



Media Advisory: Captain Tom Didone to Speak About Trends in Pedestrian and Bicycle Collisions

About:  In a continuing effort to ensure that everyone remains safe on area roadways, Captain Tom Didone, Director of the Traffic Division, will speak about the following topics:

  • Traffic issues and trends encompassing pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
  • The challenges that motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists face to remain safe on the roadways during decreased daylight hours.
  • Newly introduced legislation that addresses bicyclists’ safety.
  • A demonstration will be given regarding gauging the distance needed for a pedestrian to safely cross a roadway upon approach by an oncoming vehicle.

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit will be available to discuss the general protocol followed for fatal collision investigations.  The Collision Reconstruction Unit on-scene investigative utility truck will be present.

(note: no new information will be given on these recent, ongoing investigations).

Representatives from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police may also speak about collision safety on the trails.

When: Tomorrow: Thursday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m.

Where:  On Little Falls Parkway at the Capital Crescent Trail (located between Arlington Road and Hillandale Road) in Bethesda.