Attempted Traffic Stop on Stolen Car Leads to Arrest of Suspect and Recovery of Loaded Firearm

October 2, 2021
DeWayne Leon Braden, 22, of Waldorf

DeWayne Leon Braden, 22, of Waldorf

On September 30, 2021, at 5:47 p.m., a patrol officer from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the area of Crain Highway at Billingsley Road on a car that had been reported stolen.

The driver refused to pull over and instead accelerated and fled to the area of Smallwood Drive and Kipling Drive where he struck a tree. The driver and a passenger fled from the car and hid. A police K9 located the driver hiding in a bush near a townhome. He was safely taken into custody without further incident.

Police are working to identify the passenger, who has not yet been located.

A loaded handgun was recovered from the vehicle. DeWayne Leon Braden, 22, of Waldorf, was charged with unlawful taking of a vehicle, possession of a loaded firearm inside a car, theft, and other related charges.

PFC Chambers is investigating.