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CENTREVILLE — Melissa Mae Thompkins, 31, of Denton, was found guilty of malicious destruction of property after a Queen Anne’s County District Court trial May 26.

Judge Frank M. Kratovil Jr. sentenced Thompkins to 60 days incarceration, with 50 days suspended and 10 days in the local detention center along with 36 months of supervised probation, a mental health evaluation and other conditions after having been found guilty of experiencing a fit of road rage and throwing an unknown object out of her vehicle window and striking another occupied vehicle on U.S. Route 50 in Queenstown on Feb. 20, 2021.

According to the state, the object Thompkins threw out of her passenger window struck the other vehicle and caused a dent to the driver’s side door. The damages to the victim’s vehicle were covered by Thompkins’ insurance company.

The case was prosecuted by Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance G. Richardson. Richardson said the driver of the damaged vehicle was able to get a cell phone photo of Thompkins license plate, along with a vehicle description and a description of a white female driver with short dark hair.

When questioned by the state police, Thompkins said she threw a cigarette at the other vehicle to “free her hand to enable her to give a middle finger gesture at the other driver.”

The judge rejected this theory and ultimately found Thompkins guilty based on both the victim and his wife’s testimony describing Thompkins arm motion after she threw the object causing a loud thud against their vehicle.

Richardson agreed with the court that a period of incarceration was warranted for Thompkins’ irresponsible and criminal actions.

“Road Rage incidents will not be tolerated in Queen Anne’s County. They often carry deadly consequences and they are extremely dangerous to all motorists,” Richardson said.

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