Friday, May 20, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies Successfully Terminates Motor Vehicle Pursuit

On May 20, 2016, at approximately 12:30 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic assault in the 48000 block of Long Lane in Lexington Park.  While in route, the Emergency Communications Center broadcasted the suspect, Stevyn John Lee, age 32, of Lexington Park, was leaving in a white SUV bearing North Carolina tags.  Deputy First Class Schultz observed the motor vehicle in the area of Hermanville Road and advised the operator appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, due to his erratic driving and speed. Deputy First Class Schultz attempted to conduct a vehicle stop at which time the vehicle fled.
Lee continued eluding police by traveling Northbound on Route 5. An attempt to stop the vehicle was initiated utilizing stop sticks, at Route 5 and the Fast Stop. The suspect stopped his vehicle in the area of Fast Stop, prior to striking the stop sticks.  Lee refused to exit the vehicle upon being stopped. Forced entry was made, and Lee was extracted from the vehicle. He was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment, before being taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Second Degree Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Driving Under the Influence.

While units were on the scene of the vehicle stop, Corporal O’ Connor was directing traffic when a Ford 500 passenger car failed to slow down and almost struck her. Corporal O’Connor initiated a vehicle stop, at which time she determined the operator of the motor vehicle, Sean Crawford Caggiano, age, 21, of Leonardtown, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were performed which he was unable to complete satisfactorily. He was placed under arrest and offered an alcohol concentration test, which he refused. Caggiano was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and issued multiple driving citations, including Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Impaired.