Brent Alexander Whittaker

Prince Frederick, MD – A vehicle that was observed traveling erratically and reported to police led to a drug arrest, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office reported. The arrest of the driver, identified as Brent Alexander Whittaker, 33 of Shady Side, occurred Jan. 29 on the campus of Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH).

Deputy K. Williamson stated in documents on file in District Court that around 4:36 p.m. he observed a Honda Accord matching the description of a vehicle that had been spotted “all over the roadway,” which had “almost struck several vehicles and a guardrail” in front of the pharmacy at CMH. The male driver exited the vehicle’s driver’s side, reentered the vehicle from the front passenger side while a female entered the driver’s side. Williamson subsequently stopped the vehicle in the parking lot. Whittaker, now the passenger, told Williamson he had driven from Wayson’s Corner in Anne Arundel County to pick up the woman, who was his girlfriend. “A check of Whittaker’s license through the Calvert County Control Center showed four open suspensions dated 1/11/2016,” Williamson stated in court documents.

A subsequent K9 scan led to a search of the vehicle, which yielded “a cut drinking straw approximately two inches in length with a white powder residue inside,” Williamson stated. Also located were an orange prescription pill bottle and 11 white pills revealed to be acetaminophen/hydrocodone, a Schedule II drug.

After his arrest Whittaker was interviewed by Williamson. He told the officer the pills were his. “He further stated he was prescribed the pills but placed them in his bottle for transport,” Williamson said in court documents. “He stated he did not know where the straw came from but he stated ‘it’s not her’s [girlfriend’s] so it must be mine.”

Whittaker was charged with controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession and possession of CDS paraphernalia. The maximum sentence for those offenses is four years in jail and/or $30,000 in fines. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license and privilege, and possessing a suspended license.

A hearing on all the charges Whittaker is facing in connection with the incident is tentatively scheduled for May 6 in District Court.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com