On January 7 at 12:16 a.m., a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop near St. Ignatius Place after the driver was observed speeding. The driver did not pull over and instead sped up and stopped in the 3000 block of October Place. A male passenger jumped out of the car and fled on foot, holding what appeared to be a firearm. The officer pursued the subject on foot and observed the male throw the suspected firearm into the woods. The male was apprehended without further incident. A police K9 team searched for the gun and recovered it in the area where the officer saw it discarded. The passenger, Kenneth Lee Washington, age 35, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded handgun in vehicle, loaded handgun on person, and other related firearms violations. On January 8, a judge ordered Washington to be held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond until his next court hearing on February 21. Officer Brown is investigating.

Kenneth Lee Washington

Diane Richardson
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