ANNE ARUNDEL POLICE LIED: Video shows Anne Arundel Police Concocted Story of Impatient Tesla Driver Striking School Crossing Guard
GLEN BURNIE, MD. – A video shows that the Anne Arundel County Police lied about a driver who was charged with driving his Tesla into a school crossing guard, causing an injury.
In a press release, the Anne Arundel Police stated that the driver, Joseph Hernandez, was tracked down by his license plate and arrested on September 9, 2021.
Anne Arundel Police report that on September 9, 2021, at approximately 8:45 a.m., officers responded to an assault of a Crossing Guard at Shetlands Lane and Tam O Shanter Glen in Glen Burnie, Md.
A Crossing Guard with the Anne Arundel County Police was working her school crossing assignment, wearing the Anne Arundel County Crossing Guard uniform and a fluorescent yellow vest with a blinking red light when she stopped traffic on Tam O Shanter Glen to allow three elementary students to cross the street.
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The police press release then invented facts not backed up by a video of the intersection, complete with a time and date stamp.
“An impatient driver then assaulted the crossing guard by driving his vehicle toward the crossing guard, intentionally striking her leg, causing a minor injury. The driver then fled in a blue Tesla.”
“An officer was nearby and was able to note the license plate number of the vehicle.”
The investigation led to the identification of the suspect, who was charged on an arrest warrant issued by District Court Commissioner Albert T. Krehely Jr, which Officer Sierra Hillyer later served.
ACCORDING TO MARYLAND COURT RECORDS, Joseph D. Hernandez, 32, (DOB 1989) of Genine Drive, Glen Burnie, Md., was arrested for second-degree assault.
Hernandez was initially held without bond and then appeared before District Court Judge Shaem C. P. Spencer, who ordered him released from jail on September 10, 2021.
The video clearly shows that the Tesla did not strike the crossing guard, and the invented facts and false arrest may cause the taxpayers of Anne Arundel County a large sum of money should Hernandez decide to sue for false arrest, false imprisonment, and other such injuries as may be determined by his lawyers.
Most of the Baltimore and Washington area TV stations and online print publications included the Anne Arundel Police release verbatim. Some reporters added their bylines to the top of the press releases. None of them included any original reporting or digging for any details of the story.
Last week a local man was charged by police with intentionally hitting a crossing guard with his car. @7NewsDC has video which seems to support the man’s claim the charges are false. The story at 6. pic.twitter.com/xnpyFepPOx
— Brad Bell (@Brad7News) September 14, 2021