On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of southbound Rt. 301 (Crain Highway) in the area of Mt. Air Road, in Faulkner.
Upon arrival, Troopers and deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office observed the driver, Sarah H. Hornbeck, 43, of Baltimore, walking around her 2017 Toyota Corolla, displaying Georgia registration.
A preliminary investigation revealed the Toyota was travelling southbound on Rt. 301 and for unknown reasons turned onto Mt. Air Road, ran off the road and became disabled after striking an embankment.
While talking with Hornbeck, Troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath as she spoke. Troopers conducted a further investigation and determined Hornbeck to be intoxicated and arrested her for DUI.
While on scene, Troopers were contacted by a citizen that reported the Toyota as a reckless operation. The citizen advised the Toyota had struck their vehicle intentionally several times in the La Plata, area and left the scene. The citizen called 911 to report the incident and followed the vehicle until the collision occurred.
While enroute to the detention center, Hornbeck was able to slip out of the handcuffs
and attempted to use her cell phone, the Trooper pulled over and attempted to get her out of his vehicle to handcuff her again. The female grabbed his mobile data computer and while being pulled out of the police cruiser, she grabbed the stylus pen attached to the MDC and broke it off. The female was re secured in handcuffs and placed in a Charles County Sheriff’s Office caged vehicle.
Hornbeck was then transported to the detention center for processing, where she was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Motor Vehicle Collision, DUI, Malicious Destruction of Property and Resisting Arrest.
Later on that evening, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack received a phone call from another citizen indicating her vehicle was also struck intentionally several times in the Pomfret area by the same Toyota
as described above and left the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incidents is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by S/Tpr. W. Scarlett of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack. Case # 18-MSP-009740