CENTREVILLE — A Delaware man faces drug charges after allegedly fleeing police during an attempted traffic stop.
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies saw a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt speeding at 2:19 p.m. April 8 in the area of Watson Road and Quail Run Drive in Centreville.
They had a stationary radar unit set up and clocked the car at more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit, said Lauren Moses, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
When deputies motioned for the car to pull over, the driver, later identified as Brian C. Stansbuy, 31, of Dover, Del., stopped the car and made a U-turn, then sped away in the other direction, Moses said.
Deputies pursued the car on Spaniard Neck Road, where it continued speeding and failed to stop at two stop signs, police said.
While turning east onto White Marsh Road from Route 213, Stansbury’s car crossed the center line and slid sideways off the road, striking a tree and a parked vehicle, Moses said.
Despite damage to his car, Stansbury continued to flee from the pursuing deputies, she said. Centreville Police and Maryland State Police joined the deputies in pursuit of the now smoking vehicle.
The pursuit continued on Roberts Station Road across Route 313 and finally ended on Ingleside Road when the damaged car began to fail and slowed considerably and police were able to block the road, Moses said.
Deputies removed Stansbury from the vehicle and placed him under arrest.
Deputies observed suspected cocaine in and around Stansbury’s mouth; he was taken to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as a precaution because they believed he might have ingested drugs, Moses said.
A search of the car found suspected cocaine and marijuana as well as cash, police said.
Stansbury was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute — cocaine; possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute — marijuana; possession of a controlled dangerous substance — not marijuana (cocaine); possession of marijuana over 10 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia; fleeing or eluding police; obstructing and hindering; and more than two dozen traffic citations.
Stansbury was held without bail at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing is set for May 29 in District Court.