Drunk Driver who Hit Police Officer All Smiles for Booking Photo

August 13, 2018
Michael Austin Mattingly, 22, of Mechanicsville

Michael Austin Mattingly, 22, of Mechanicsville

In May of 2017, Michael Austin Mattingly, of Mechanicsville, was found guilty of causing a life-threatening injury to another as a result of the person’s negligently driving a motor vehicle while the person is under the influence of alcohol.

Mattingly was sentenced to 3 years in jail with 2 of them suspended. Mattingly requested an appeal in the case and in November of 2017, Judge Michael J. Stamm dismissed the three charges of life-threatening injury by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

On August 8, 2018, Judge Michael J. Stamm sentenced Michael Austin Mattingly, 22, of Mechanicsville to one year in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center with work release permitted.

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Corporal Shaun Carberry of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was assisting a disabled vehicle on Chaptico Road in the area of Budds Creek Road, when he was struck by a motor vehicle.

The investigation revealed, the driver of the striking vehicle, Michael Austin Mattingly, 21, of Mechanicsville, left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck the disabled vehicle, which subsequently struck Corporal Carberry. As Corporal Carberry saw the oncoming vehicle, he pushed the driver of the disabled vehicle out of harm’s way to avoid the driver being struck. The operator of the striking vehicle, Mattingly, remained on scene. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Driving Under the Influence.




62 Responses to Drunk Driver who Hit Police Officer All Smiles for Booking Photo

  1. Fred Gray on August 13, 2018 at 7:18 am

    JAY LENO CALLED HE WANTS HIS CHIN BACK

    • jose on August 20, 2018 at 9:47 am

      lol

  2. research on August 13, 2018 at 7:40 am

    So he smiled. Does this mean he has no remorse or is not sorry for what he did? Yes, he deserves to go to jail. No question. But, practice JOURNALISM, not SENSATIONALISM. I’m afraid SMNEWSNET has become Baynet JR. Just another National Enquirer on a local level pandering to the hype-hungry hippos for click bait.

    • Big Cookie on August 13, 2018 at 9:58 am

      A question for “research”. Is the simple act of publishing a booking photo now considered “SENSATIONALISM”?

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Are you mad bro?

      • Anonymous2 on August 14, 2018 at 5:02 am

        Why are you?

        • Anonymous on August 15, 2018 at 6:49 am

          I asked you first.

          • JOSH FURY on August 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm

            what are you 6? Loser troll

  3. Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 7:51 am

    All of it revolves around who he paid and how much. It’s how America has worked from the beginning.

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Maybe but it’s also that he’s got a last name that puts him in the good ole boys club of southern maryland who are protected by the judges and get away with things like multiple duis, drug charges, domestic violence, at this point I’m pretty sure they’d get away with murder.

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

        I’m married into one of these local families and not from here. I have seen several people arrested on a variety of charges. They never even make it to trial. Gets cleaned up and swept under the rug.

        • Anonymous on August 14, 2018 at 11:37 am

          Always does, I witness a member of the gold old boy club strangle his girlfriend and slam her head into the ground repeatedly when she stopped responding, she was unconscious, he was screaming he was going to kill her. One of his friends pulled him off and when she came too they made her take his violent drunken butt home. When she tried to file charges an officer told her that someone from the department would speak to his father and it’d be handled by him, he beat his next girlfriend less than a year later and she pushed for the charges to be filed and since she defended herself the officers allowed him to press charges against her. Basically they dangled charges against her that would destroy her career until she dropped her charges against him, under the advise of St. Mary’s County police and judges.

          • Adam 12 on August 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm

            You have no clue how the criminal justice system works. There is absolutely nothing stopping her from “pressing charges.” The cops cannot stop someone from going to the District Court Commissioner and filing charges themselves.

          • Well then Tell us THIS.... on August 15, 2018 at 6:54 am

            So why did you marry him?

            You like it – that’s why.

            The prestige. That money.

            The new cars. The club membership.

            Well enjoy the bed you made.

          • Lord Sausage Brain on August 15, 2018 at 8:16 am

            Inbreeding will tell.

          • Message for Well Then Tell Us This on August 15, 2018 at 5:45 pm

            Prestige? There is no prestige associated with marrying a southern maryland family. I don’t know why you think there is. You all are not special as in prestigious special. Its more like a “we have roots here” type of special. This is not a prestigious place, at all. We are only here for the base.

          • Joe on August 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

            Name names then! Don’t be afraid. Grow a spine and name names. Otherwise, nobody besides you, the a-hole who commits the crime, and those directly involved will know. If this is true then people like you are a part of the reason that it continues to this day as you’re too big of a pussy to actually speak up about it.

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm

        I was just thinking that

  4. Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Drunk and he almost kills someone and they give him a year with work release. People, we really need to vote these judges out. He will learn nothing from this. The judges put very little value on innocent peoples lives.

    • The Sausage Brain Lives on August 13, 2018 at 8:25 am

      The really scary part is that Stamm is one of the harsher sentencers.

      • I Know I'm Right on August 13, 2018 at 9:20 am

        Agreed.

    • JustaTroll, whosgonnabite? on August 13, 2018 at 8:43 am

      A year is a long time, seems fair. You republitards think someone should spend their life for a little mistake.

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 9:10 am

        You democrap idiot,he got work release so he will just be spending the night in jail.What do you mean a little mistake? He almost killed a police officer.

        • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm

          I agree

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 10:21 am

        Your an idiot.enough said

        • Anonymous on August 15, 2018 at 5:10 am

          You’re

      • Julie on August 13, 2018 at 11:14 am

        A little mistake, a little f-ing mistake? I would hate to see what you would call a big mistake. You are what is wrong with this society, other than this idiot that is getting away with “attempted murder”. A little mistake is overdrawing your checking account when you thought you had money in there, a little mistake is forgetting to send in your child’s permission slip for a school field trip. This idiot drank and then got behind the wheel of a vehicle, he almost killed a person. This was no little mistake.

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

        Notice the name

        JustaTroll, whosgonnabite?

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm

        Not a mistake, a choice. He chose to drink, he chose to drive, and the judge should choose to send his sorry remorseless @$$ away for at least 5 years for almost killing someone. People like you want to give criminals a kiss on the forehead and have them sign a promissory note never to do it again. Maybe if they would start handing out stiffer sentences people would think twice about driving drunk. P.S. I am not a Republican, I am an independent who is more concerned about victims rights then POS criminals.

      • JustaTroll, whosgonnabite? on August 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

        LMAO i told you I was a troll but I knew some idiots would trigger.

      • Gonna bite at this one too? on August 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        Wow. Look at his name…..

      • Judge Dredd on August 14, 2018 at 5:44 am

        And how many times do members of the black community get charged for the same crime before they actually serve some real time? Some of those crimes are murder…..

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Agree

  5. Branson on August 13, 2018 at 8:23 am

    That’s that good old boy Network at work,,, sure is nice to be White Saint Mary’s,,,,

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Yep. Plus his last name is Mattingly. That last name will get you very far in the state of MD. McKay, Knott and several others will too.

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Thank you! These local news sites don’t post about the majority of crimes committed by the good ole boys club! I’m waiting for one of them to lose control beating a wife or girlfriend and kill the victim so we can all watch them walk away with taps on the wrist for murder charges, maybe then we’ll get these jokes, I mean judges, out.

    • Jason on August 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Or maybe it’s because he paid for a lawyer. Ever think of that? The sentencing is typical for that sort of case with a halfway decent lawyer, actually harsher than usual. But no, it’s probably about race, racist.

  6. Big Cookie on August 13, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Judge Stamm makes our legal system a total joke. He has to go!

  7. Ted Nugent on August 13, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Judge Stamm just gave a big middle finger to that officer and to the county. Keep voting Democrat people.

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 9:13 am

      It doesn’t have anything to do with religious or political crap, it’s because he’s a Mattingly. You are a special kind of stupid.

      • Malcolm X on August 13, 2018 at 8:45 pm

        You do realize that judges are appointed by governors, right? This idiot judge just basically told all of the police officers and hard working taxpayers to F off. You should have paid attention in civics class.

        • Anonymous on August 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm

          Wrong

          • Adam 12 on August 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

            He is correct. Judges are appointed by the governor. They can run for election, but the challengers seldom win. And I agree; A big F you to us law abiding citizens. You really should have paid attention in school.

  8. Jrock on August 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

    That’s because he is a white boy if black he would be locked up and white people make your smart comments now.o he a good boy

    • Hypocrite on August 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Not that you would make “smart comments” of course. (eyes rolling)

    • Judge Dredd on August 14, 2018 at 5:41 am

      notice how no one cares about what your saying?

    • Truth or Dare on August 14, 2018 at 6:08 am

      Look Jrock – when good “material to work with” appears here, it is slammed – regardless of race, color, or creed. Are you that insecure that you fear there could be more blacks shamed then whites? Who cares about their color!

      It is the surrounding circumstances, their looks, the depth or details of their crimes, their stupid-ness, or just a plain “attack” because they are there, or there AGAIN.

      So if you want to see less black folks ridiculed, tell the brothers and sisters to stop breaking the law. K?

    • Mother on August 15, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Your lack of grammar and ability to spell and make a common sense statement is of no surprise, jrock.

  9. Db on August 13, 2018 at 9:33 am

    So it’s now ok to drive drunk and hit a police car, almost killing 2 people? If your in the county’s good old boy system you just get slapped on the wrist and told I got your back??

  10. NAME GAME on August 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    It’s WRONG! There is no excuse for lack of justice. Money and name should only be seen in the black and white era of Sunday movies. Watch and see the future of this young man. Lack of values and morals don’t discriminate!

    • Anonymous on August 14, 2018 at 5:13 am

      And what part of rich privilege and Mattingly’s don’t you understand? These are the kind of white people who can get away with a triple homicide because they have all the money, political pull and access to the best lawyers available. They’d have the charge reduced to manslaughter, be sentenced to 1 year but serve 6 months and get a year of unsupervised probation.

  11. TellItLikeItIs on August 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Should have gotten 3 years alone for that hairdo!

  12. Anonymous on August 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I’m sure his ,aslt name had something to do with his dueche baggy smile.

  13. Vote them out on August 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Just look at him laughing at injuring a police officer. He knows mommy and daddy will buy him out of it. Not only is his family enabling him but so are the judges/(lack of) justice system in Maryland. Must be nice to buy your way out of anything. If you have the right last name you will get away with whatever you want here in SoMD. Money talks. Time to vote everyone out if you want the good ol’ white boy justice system to end. This is not the 1960’s anymore; time for change. Your vote is the way to begin that change.

  14. mixone on August 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Why should he not smile?…he just got off with a little work release.

  15. Nobody on August 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Last name, good old boy – time for a change, he knew from the beginning – the officers put their lives on the line every day for this, very sad

    • Barney Fife on August 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Life on the line? Very funny. Sheriff says its too dangerous to do simple rush hour traffic enforcement!!

  16. Gravedigger72 on August 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

    These damn Judges dropping the most serious charges. No wonder we have the problems that we do in today’s society. People think that ,”Boy I really escaped that one.” Then go out and do the same thing over again and maybe this time kill someone. Then he goes in front of the same Judge and this time gets fined $280.00 and placed on probation for 5 years and has his drivers licensed revoked. But, we all know is that he still will be driving with or without a drivers license and we will see him here again.

  17. Keep It Real on August 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    As I said in previously M. A. Mattingly you’re a smug, entitled, douche. Good luck with riding around in the passenger seat for the next 5yrs. Better yet, I hope the Judge sentences you to every night between 8pm-5am in Jail, 3-4 days a week, for the next 21 months, you had to know better.

  18. Phann on August 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    As long as he rides the Trump train he will be fine

    • 1st Idiot to Blame it on Politics... on August 17, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Sounds like you are green with envy.

      Guess you voted for Hillary and STILL suffer from advanced TDS.

      Poor little puss.

      Better get onboard the train yourself. Else get run over.

  19. Charlie on August 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Until he kills someone…. Just a good ole boy ….