Garrett County Man Pleads Guilty In Two Separate Cases

A Garrett County man pleads guilty to two cases in Circuit Court. 27 year old Tyler Lee White of Mt. Lake Park, pled guilty in the Circuit Court in two cases. In the first case, White pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Related charges were dismissed upon his plea. White was charged in July when officers with the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence and located a quantity of fentanyl that was consistent with the intent to distribute.In the second case, White pled guilty to two counts of second-degree assault, to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and to attempting to elude police. Related charges from this event were also dismissed upon his plea.
These charges were placed later in July when officers with the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force asked officers with marked vehicles to stop a car believed to be driven by White for a traffic violation. After the vehicle was stopped along Garrett Highway near Lake Shore Drive, White and his passenger were asked to get out of the car so it could be scanned by a certified drug-detection dog. Instead of complying with the directive, White fled from the scene, with his vehicle brushing the officer as he pulled away, which led to the first of the assault charges. That officer and others at the scene chased White’s vehicle until he was stopped over seven miles later, north of Oakland. During the chase, White had driven his vehicle into the side of a State Trooper’s vehicle, leading to the second assault charge. A search of White’s vehicle and his person led to the recovery of a large quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as various quantities of other prescription and narcotic pills.
After finding White guilty on his pleas and the statement of facts by State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch, Judge Ray Strubin ordered a pre-sentence investigation report be completed prior to sentencing and remanded White back to the Garrett County Detention Center where he has been housed since the second arrest. The sentencing hearing will be scheduled when the PSI report is filed with the Court. Trial for the passenger in White’s vehicle remains pending.