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Natural Resources Police Charge Men With Drunk Driving/ Drug Possession

Millington, MD 12/26/09 Ė On 12/7/09 - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Mitchell James Zinnel, age 19, of Chestertown, Maryland with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Impaired by Drugs and Alcohol, Negligent Driving, Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of a License restriction, and Displaying a Suspended License.

NRP officers stopped Zinnelís vehicle after it was observed spotlighting a field at night in violation of Natural Resources law. Zinnel displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and was taken into custody after failing several field sobriety tests.

During their investigation, NRP officers discovered that Zinnelís passenger, David Wayne Porter, age 21, of Rock Hall, Maryland was in illegal possession of Suboxone, an opioid available by prescription only, and drug paraphernalia. Officers served a criminal summons on Porter on 12/12/09.

Zinnel and Porter are scheduled to appear in Kent County District Court on February 18, 2010.

   December 29, 2009

Contact: Cpl. Steven P. Stauffer
410-260-8888 office | 410-241-7981 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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