A Brunswick man was denied bail in court Monday after sheriff’s deputies said he stole a car and put lives at risk by driving while intoxicated, according to court documents.
Freddie Charles Thompson, 36, of the 100 block of West B Street, appeared to be extremely intoxicated when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over on southbound U.S. 15 at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. A check of the Toyota Camry’s license plates revealed the car had been reported stolen on Saturday and Thompson was swerving and braking erratically, nearly striking several other vehicles, according to the documents. The deputy also saw Thompson take a drink from a can of Natty Daddy as he exited onto West Seventh Street and into the parking lot of the Frederick Shopping Center.
Thompson stepped out of the still-running car after pulling into a parking space in the shopping center and was confronted by the deputy, who had drawn his gun, as he tried to walk away from the car, the documents state. Thompson refused to listen to orders from the deputy and a backup deputy, struggling with them when they tried to put him in handcuffs, loudly protesting several times that he was not under arrest.
The owner of the car later denied knowing who Thompson was or giving him permission to drive the car. Thompson also refused to take a breath test and then refused to sign the form indicating that he was refusing to take the test, telling deputies that they all knew he was drunk and under the influence of drugs anyway.
Thompson was charged with unauthorized removal of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, theft from $1,500 to $25,000, as well as 21 separate traffic offenses, including driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, driving on a suspended license, speeding and negligent driving.
Thompson chose to represent himself at his bail review hearing Monday before Frederick County District Judge Dino Flores Jr., putting himself at the mercy of the court. Thompson told Flores he was an alcoholic and a drug addict, but rather than asking for release, Thompson begged Flores to put him in a treatment program.
“I know that I need help. ... I’m asking you to help me get into a [addiction treatment] program,” Thompson said.
Flores ordered Thompson to remain behind bars without bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and Thompson’s admitted lack of control over his vices, but the judge did advise Thompson to get in touch with the Office of the Public Defender. With the help of a public defender, Thompson may be able to arrange a direct transfer from jail into a treatment program, which would be viewed more favorably for the purposes of bail.