Upper Marlboro, MD…The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the capture yesterday of convicted drunk driver Kenneth Kelley. The Sheriff’s Officer served a Forthwith Warrant issued Friday by the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County after Kelley failed to show up for a sentencing hearing in the drunk driving death of five people in a 2014 drunk driving crash.
According to Captain Randall Cooper, Commander of Warrants/Criminal Operations, Sheriff’s Deputies picked up the warrant on Friday and began the search for Kelley in partnership with the US Marshal’s Task Force. Throughout the weekend, the squad canvassed areas known by Kelley in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, leaving photos of Kelley and the squad’s contact information.
“This was an incredible effort on the part of our deputies, working with our partners on the US Marshals Task Force, and our partnership with CrimeSolvers, “said Cooper. “Still, it’s the work our Warrant Division does every day, capturing people who don’t want to be captured. It was a great job well done.”
Continuing the investigation on Monday the 15th, after issuing a CrimeSolvers Wanted poster for Kelley, the warrant squad received an anonymous tip that Kelley had been spotted in the area of a hotel on Allentown Road in Suitland, MD. The warrant squad performed surveillance in the area where they positively identified Kelley. After observing him at the location, the team executed the warrant in the room where Kelley was located without incident.
On the teamwork involved, Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer said, “The US Marshals Task Force is an incredibly valuable and productive partnership for us. And the tip that came from the community is a reminder of how Community Policing works. We want the community to feel comfortable providing information about criminals in the community, or helping a loved one turn themselves in to avoid even more legal difficulty.”
Kenneth Kelley was transported to the Department of Corrections.
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