WINCHESTER — A Frederick County man reportedly under the influence of drugs is in custody after allegedly crashing into a Winchester police cruiser Monday morning.

The accident occurred at the same time the suspect was scheduled to appear in Frederick County General District Court on charges of driving without a license and two counts of failure to appear at a previous court hearing regarding traffic violations.

According to a press release from the city, two unidentified Winchester Police Department officers were stopped at the intersection of South Loudoun and Southwerk streets at 9:18 a.m. when their cruiser was hit from behind by a 2005 Saturn SUV driven by 41-year-old Charles Leldon Shelly III, causing a chain reaction crash that damaged a third vehicle also stopped at the intersection.

The police cruiser and Saturn were towed from the scene with substantial damage, the release states. The third vehicle sustained minor damage.

Shelly was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a suspended license, possessing drug paraphernalia and violating the terms of his probation. He is being held without bond at the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center.

The names of the police officers and the driver of the third vehicle were not released. One of the officers was transported to Winchester Medical Center, where he received treatment and was later released.

Shelly’s criminal history in Winchester and Frederick County dates back to July 15, 2009, when he was convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery in Winchester General District Court. Since then, he has been in and out of jail on numerous misdemeanor and felony charges including breaking and entering, grand larceny, possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, destruction of property, operating a radar detector and violating the terms of his probation.

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I couldn't finish sorry. But he has a bad addiction. And it isn't his first time like this. But not as serious. He will probably stay in there for 7-10 years in my opinion. Because of his fines and all of that building up. I'm so sorry about my dads actions. And i'm sorry to the two policemen that where in the car. Thank you guys from saving my dad from dying from an overdose. I was scared and terrified that he would die from excessive drug use. But now he is safe. Have a nice day you guys ☺.


Hey i'm his dauter. And yes he does have a kid... But this


Lock this guy up for good already!


He will probably be in there for 7-10 years bro.


What an idiot. Please take his license awa. Since you haven't yet!!!!


Bro skeet at least you don't live with him. He did it a lot and it was f*cked up. They do need to be more caususe of these kind of people. This system is MESSED UP!!! At least he is going for a long time so he can get off of all of it 😀. And this isn't a joke, i'm his kid. I'm his dauter...


Why is this man still on the streets???


This system is messed up.

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