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An 18-year-old North Beach man was arrested Monday and charged for allegedly stealing a car, which he lost control of and crashed in Anne Arundel County, sending three 17-year-old girls to the hospital.
Daniel T. Broadwater was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and rogue and vagabond.
He was released from the Calvert County Detention Center after posting his $5,000 bond.
At 2:26 a.m. Monday, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Friendship Road near Lake Shore Drive in Anne Arundel County for a reported vehicle theft, according to charging documents.
Anne Arundel County Police told deputies that at about 1:30 a.m., they responded to the scene for a car accident, where they found a red 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse, which had apparently veered off the road and crashed into a wooden fence, charging documents state. Police said three juvenile girls, who were passengers in the vehicle, were at the scene when police arrived and said they had stolen the car from North Beach earlier that morning.
One of the juveniles was “severely injured” and was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore, according to charging documents.
Capt. Steve Jones of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday the girl was in serious but stable condition.
Another juvenile had several cuts on her right hand and deputies said they detected a “moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her.” She told deputies at midnight that night she, two other girls and Broadwater were “hanging out” at a home on Sixth Street in North Beach and, at one point, the three girls decided to go for a walk. During the walk, they saw the Mitsubishi parked outside a Dayton Avenue home and “tried the handle” of the vehicle’s door and discovered it was unlocked, deputies said. The girls then took the car key from the vehicle’s center console and went back to the Sixth Street house. The girls and Broadwater then decided to take the car for a “joy ride,” charging documents state.
At 1 a.m., all four people went back to the car, got inside and drove away. One of the juvenile girls initially was driving, but stopped because “she did not know how to drive ‘stick-shift,’” deputies said. Broadwater then allegedly got in the driver’s seat and began driving down Friendship Road.
Broadwater failed to control the vehicle’s speed, deputies said, and went off the road, striking a fence.
Broadwater was “worried about his upcoming military” career, charging documents state, so one of the juveniles allgedly told him to leave and she would “take the fall” for the incident.
The two girls were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries, charging documents state. One of the girls, according to charging documents, was charged on a youth report and released to the custody of her parents. The other girl was released to a guardian.
Jones said the two girls who were not yet charged will be charged on youth reports.
Broadwater fled the scene and went back to the Sixth Street home, where deputies later found him apparently sleeping.
Deputies said they saw a “small, fresh scratch on Broadwater’s lower chin,” which Broadwater said may have been from shaving. When asked, Broadwater reportedly denied any involvement in stealing the vehicle and being in an accident, and told deputies he had been asleep all night.
Broadwater was arrested, and while being taken to the detention center, he allegedly said he knew one of the girls had taken the keys from the Mitsubishi and “advised her against taking the vehicle.”
In Anne Arundel County, Broadwater was cited for multiple traffic offenses, including attempting to elude police by fleeing on foot, negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to control speed on highway to avoid collision and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injury.