At 10:34 p.m. on Nov. 5, David Alan Zelonis, 18, of Charlotte Hall, was patted down by an officer who offered him a ride from the scene of an accident.

Zelonis had been a passenger in a vehicle traveling southbound U.S. Rt. 301, south of Sub-Station Road when it was involved in an accident.

An officer was going to take Zelonis to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office on Sub-Station Road to wait for someone to pick him up. To ensure safety, the officer patted down Zelonis before he entered the police car. The pat down revealed suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  

Zelonis was arrested, charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and incarcerated in the Charles County Detention Center pending a bond review.