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Date: Jul 25, 2019

Booking photo of Gregory SumterA road rage incident turned into an arrest for impersonating a police officer on a Walmart parking lot in Catonsville Tuesday evening.

Gregory Sumter (57) of the 7300 block of Kathydale Road, 21207 was arrested after police were called to the 6200 block of Baltimore National Pike for a weapons incident around 7:20 p.m. What started as a road rage incident in the parking lot escalated when Sumter produced a badge and gun, identifying himself as a police officer.

The victim honked her horn at Sumter when she attempted to enter the parking lot but Sumter's truck was blocking the access road. She eventually drove around his truck and parked her car on the parking lot. Sumter followed her and stopped behind her vehicle, blocking her egress. Sumter identified himself as an officer and produced a silver badge, then threatened the victim and her children, displaying a handgun.

An officer working uniformed secondary employment at Walmart spoke with Sumter, who denied the allegations, but witnesses confirmed the victim's account of events. A Special Police State of Maryland badge and a loaded revolver were recovered and confiscated. Sumter later stated he was retired Special Police and did not return his badge upon retiring.

Sumter was arrested and charged with first degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and impersonating a police officer. He is held without bond pending a bail review hearing later today.

On Friday, July 26, the Baltimore County Police Department will activate two new speed camera locations in the following school zone in Owings Mills. These sites were initiated by citizen complaints.

  • Lyons Mill Elementary School, 9400 block of Lyons Mill Road. Both eastbound and westbound directions have been evaluated and approved for the two new sites.

For the first 30 days, motorists exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive warnings rather than citations. All speed camera zones are marked with signage.

In compliance with state law, Baltimore County’s speed cameras operate Monday through Friday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., including during the summer months and on weekdays when school is not in session.

Further information on the use of speed cameras and a list of other locations in Baltimore County can be found on our website.

Today, July 25, Baltimore County Police, Maryland State Police and Baltimore City Police will be actively patrolling Interstate 83 (I-83) for distracted drivers.

In 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the following numbers are the result of distracted driving:

  • Nine percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-related crashes.
  • Six percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crashes.
  • Eight percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old, were involved in fatal crashes as a result of distracted driving.

Sadly, this last group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the fatal crashes.

What is considered distracted driving? Here is a brief look:

  • Food and drink. Reaching for that drink in the cup holder, or holding a sandwich while maneuvering the roadway is dangerous.
  • Music. Reaching for a CD, finding the right station, or looking at your dashboard can lead to a crash.
  • Smoking. Lighting up takes a second for your eyes to leave the road.
  • Most important and most egregious of all distractions, the cellphone. Don’t text, don’t try to keep up with social media and don’t tweet.

We will be out looking for distracted drivers. Play it safe and watch the road.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017