Concern for Man’s Welfare; Police Ask for Public’s Assistance

Update: 11/24/2016 at 12:30 a.m. – Mr. Clemons has been located safe and unharmed. The Department thanks the public and media for sharing this case.


Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Jay Clemons, age 43.  Mr. Clemons has lived in Silver Spring in the past but investigators have been unable to confirm Mr. Clemons’ current address.

Earlier tonight, Mr. Clemons called a local crisis line and stated that he wanted to harm himself.  He told the crisis line call taker that he was in the downtown area of Bethesda but officers have been unable to locate him.

Mr. Clemons is described as a black male, approximately 5’10” tall, 172 pounds, with brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Mr. Clemons and/or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 line).


Jay Clemons

Maryland Police Agencies’ Online Information

The Police Reform Bill (House Bill 1016) became a law in the State of Maryland on October 1, 2016.  The Police Reform Bill is intended to increase the accountability and the transparency of law enforcement agencies within the State of Maryland.  A portion of The Police Reform Bill requires that a law enforcement agency post its departmental policies, complaint processes, and collective bargaining agreements on the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (MPTSC) website.

The MPTSC website containing an on-line listing of all the Maryland law enforcement agencies can be found by visiting:

To obtain Montgomery County Police Department information directly, go to the following links:


Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Results – Week 1

The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from the Gaithersburg City Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department (Montgomery County Division), Maryland State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Takoma Park Police Department, will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.  The task force began on November 16 and will continue through January 7, 2017.  Below are some results from week one of the Holiday Task Force.

Wednesday, November 16 – Saturday, November 19, 2016

  • 22 – Arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) -(includes 2 arrests made during sobriety checkpoint)
  • 4 – Civil Alcohol Citations issued to adults for possession of alcohol under the age of 21
  • 2 – Criminal Citations issued to adults for selling alcohol to a minor in a business
  • 2 – Civil Alcohol Citations issued to juveniles for possession of alcohol under the age of 21
November 18 Sobriety Checkpoint

November 18 Sobriety Checkpoint


















MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver While Officer Assisting Motorist

Media: The officer whose cruiser was struck by the drunk driver is available to speak with reporters today at noon at the new Public Safety Training Academy located at 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg.

On Saturday, November 19, just before 11:00 p.m., two off-duty Montgomery County Police (MCP) officers were providing traffic control at a mosque on Spencerville Road (Route 198) in the area of Burtonsville Drive.  An 84-year-old woman approached the officers and explained that her car’s engine had stopped and would not restart; her Pontiac Sunfire was on the side of eastbound Spencerville Road.  One officer walked the woman back to her car while the other officer positioned his marked patrol cruiser behind the disabled vehicle and activated the patrol car’s emergency lights.  The woman sat in the passenger seat of her car while the officers requested a tow truck.

During this time, a 2006 Kia Sedona traveling east on Spencerville Road rear-ended the MCP cruiser that had been positioned, with its emergency lights activated, behind the disabled vehicle.  At the time of the collision, the assisting officer was in the driver’s seat of his cruiser.  The force of the collision caused the police cruiser to collide with the disabled vehicle with the woman sitting in the passenger seat.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and assessed the conditions of all persons involved in the collision.  All parties were released from medical treatment at the scene.

The driver of the striking vehicle (2006 Kia Sedona) was identified as Pedro Gaona Vera, age 56, of Laurel, Maryland.  He was arrested and charged by MCP officers for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (DUI).  Gaona Vera consented to a breath test which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of (.11).  The legal BAC limit is (.08) in Maryland.

MCP continues to urge those who choose to drink alcohol to make the right decision and choose a sober driver for your ride home.



Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver


Striking Vehicle - Driver was under the influence of alcohol

Striking Vehicle (2006 Kia Sedona) – Driver was under the influence of alcohol

Gaithersburg Collision Involving Two Fatalities Investigated

UPDATE: This post was updated on November 22 at 3:45 a.m. with drivers’ identities and vehicle information.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a four-vehicle collision in Gaithersburg.

On Monday, November 21 at approximately 7:49 p.m., an off-duty Montgomery County Police officer reported that he had come upon a serious, four-vehicle collision on Airpark Road in Gaithersburg.  Officers from the 6th District and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to assist.  First responders located two male drivers associated with two different vehicles who had succumbed on the scene to injuries suffered in the collision.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Stephen Alexander Diaz, 27, of the 8200 block of Amity Circle in Gaithersburg, was traveling east on Airpark Road in a silver, 1999 Honda Civic CX, when for reasons still under investigation, the Honda crossed into the westbound lanes. The Honda that Diaz was operating struck two vehicles; a silver, 2002 Volkswagen Passat driven by George Thomas Carey, 67, of Farcroft Court in Laytonsville, and a gray, 2010 Toyota Prius driven by Farhad Gholami, 25, of the 5900 block of Serenity Lane in Derwood.  A third westbound vehicle, a blue, 1997 Mercury Villager driven by Hong Z. Wang, 65, of the 22100 block of Ginger Tree Way in Clarksburg, also became involved in the collision.  Stephen Diaz and Thomas Carey were seriously injured in the collision and succumbed to their injuries on the scene.  Gholami and Wang declined treatment.

This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.