Feds: Drunk Md. man drove onto military base with LSD, mushrooms
Authorities say Jeffrey P. Cannon took a few wrong turns as he drove to his Eastern Shore home from a party at his sister's Washington-area house and he allegedly drove onto Fort Myer in Arlington with five hits of acid, hallucinogenic mushrooms and a bong. The 20-year-old Huntingtown resident was pulled over just inside Fort Myer around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2009. Police say a roadside test revealed he had a blood-alcohol level more than double the limit at which a driver is considered drunk. This week, his case was scheduled for a trial in March on charges including driving under the influence while underage, concealed weapon, possession of LSD, and disregarding a stop sign. When a military police officer reportedly asked Cannon where he thought he was, he replied, "Anacostia, Md.," according to charging documents filed in Alexandria's federal court. He later reportedly told authorities he was trying to find the Beltway, court documents said. Cannon had been at a Super Bowl party at his sister's house near Union Station and had left at 3 a.m. to drive home to Huntingtown. Inside Cannon's four-door Mazda 626, police say they found a piece of foil with five small tabs of paper that tested positive for LSD. There also was a bong, a baggie with about a half-ounce of hallucinogenic mushrooms, brass knuckles, a radar detector, two unopened beers and $1,500 cash. Cannon reportedly told authorities that he "had no idea" how the LSD got in his car and that the mushrooms were not his, court documents said. He added that he didn't know brass knuckles were illegal. He did know that the radar detector was illegal in Virginia, but that he "was so intoxicated" he didn't know he had crossed into the state. Court documents said he admitted the bong was his and he used it to smoke marijuana.
By: FREEMAN KLOPOTT
Examiner Staff Writer
February 25, 2010
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