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Vehicle collision in Westminster leads to arrest for stolen vehicle and possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances


“Vehicle collision leads to arrest for stolen vehicle and CDS”

On Thursday, May 9th, 2024, at approximately 11:03AM, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was on routine patrol in Westminster when a white sedan without a front registration plate was observed traveling on John Street in the area of West Main Street. The Deputy was able to confirm the rear tag on the vehicle was a Maryland plate, and the Deputy turned his vehicle around to further investigate.

Initially losing sight of the white sedan, the Deputy utilized the emergency lights of the patrol vehicle in order to catch up to the vehicle, turning Westbound onto West Main Street traveling towards Pennsylvania Avenue. The Deputy located the vehicle traveling Northbound on Pennsylvania Avenue and caught up to the vehicle, which was found to be a Nissan Sentra. The driver appeared to accelerate, and as the Nissan approached a vehicle that was stopped on Northbound Littlestown Pike at Wyndtryst Drive, the driver of the Nissan activated the brakes and swerved but was too late to avoid a collision. After the initial collision, the Nissan continued Northbound and struck a guardrail.

The Deputy contacted the driver of the Nissan who was found wearing a mask covering his face and a glove. As the Deputy assisted him out of the vehicle, he was observed reaching towards his waistband. Concerned that the driver may be reaching for a weapon, the Deputy attempted to place him in handcuffs, but the driver was able to break free and flee on foot to an open field near Wyndtryst Drive. As he ran, the driver continued reaching towards his waistband and the Deputy withdrew his TASER. The driver initially complied and went to the ground, but continued to keep his hands under his body and out of view. The Deputy ordered him to place his hands behind his back multiple times, but the driver did not comply. Based on the driver’s resistance and concern that there may be a concealed weapon, the Deputy discharged his Taser and the driver was taken into custody.

During the investigation, the Nissan Sentra was found to have been stolen out of Howard County. A Westminster Police Department canine conducted a scan for CDS which resulted in a positive alert. While no additional CDS was located in the vehicle, the glove the driver had initially been wearing was located and found to contain a small plastic bag with white powder, suspected of being cocaine. Furthermore, the driver was found to not possess a valid driver’s license. The driver of the vehicle he struck was checked by medics on scene but elected not to be transported to the hospital.

The driver was identified as Jacob Dukes-Celey (his ID card showed Jacob Dukes Celey), a 21 year old male with Westminster address. He was initially transported to Sinai Hospital due to the vehicle collision, but was later released and transported to Carroll County Central Booking. He was charged with:

  • Motor Vehicle / Unlawful taking
  • CDS Possession, not cannabis
  • Numerous traffic charges related to the collision and driving without a license

(All individuals are presumed innocent of the pending charges until proven guilty in a court of law)

As of May 14th, 2024, Jacob Dukes-Celey remains in custody at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Jacob Dukes-Celey


Note: In Maryland, illegal drugs are called CDS, short for “Controlled Dangerous Substance.” Except for marijuana possession under 10 grams, all Maryland drug possession offenses are criminal, jailable offenses prohibited under CR 5-601.

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