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Man claims snake in car; Calvert deputies find only cocaine

In rural Calvert County, the man’s explanation as to why he stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road might have seemed plausible: He thought he had spotted a snake inside and had to egress immediately.

But neither passersby nor Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies who were called to the scene could find a serpent: only cocaine and a digital scale.

The unusual episode, which occurred Friday at 9:30 a.m., began when someone called police to report a “suspicious person” at the intersection of Ketch Road and Bugeye Square in Prince Frederick.

That person, police found, had ditched his vehicle in the middle of the road, claiming there was a snake inside. He seemed to be “impaired,” according to a news release, and when passersby could find no snake, they called police.

Calvert County sheriff deputies arrived with a different sort of animal -- Bean, a drug-sniffing dog -- and scanned the man’s car.

They found cocaine and a digital scale, and arrested and charged Laurence Michael Donnelly, Jr., 44, of Prince Frederick with driving under the influence, possession of cocaine and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Police never did find the snake.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  January 19, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Calvert , Matt Zapotosky  
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