A D.C. police officer was arrested on drug charges and two of his companions were charged with drug and weapons offenses early yesterday after a Prince George's County police officer saw one of the men shoot out of the window of their car at a commercial sign on Route 301.
A Prince George's County police officer stopped the red station wagon being driven by D.C. Officer Timothy D. Toland, 30, about 12:45 a.m. in the 14000 block of SE Crain Highway in southern Prince George's County after he saw a passenger shoot five or six times at the sign of a motorcycle shop, police said. Toland, who led the Prince George's officer on a chase for about a mile, identified himself as a D.C. officer when he was stopped, police said.
Prince George's officers, searching Toland's car, found 10 small bags of marijuana and a loaded shotgun in the back seat, police said.
Toland, who lives in Forestville and was off duty at the time, was charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, Prince George's Sgt. Bruce Elliott said.
Toland, a two-year member of the D.C. force assigned to the 3rd Police District, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case, said Sgt. Joseph Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman. Toland's police powers also were revoked, Gentile said.
Cecil Andre Reed, 22, of the 100 block of South Huron Drive in Forest Heights, was charged with discharging a firearm after police determined that he had fired Toland's service weapon, a semiautomatic 9mm Glock pistol, out of the car window, Prince George's police said.
Christopher Antonio Jones, 20, of the 100 block of Onondaga Street in Forest Heights, was charged with carrying a concealed, dangerous weapon after officers found a loaded shotgun with him in the back seat of the station wagon, police said. Reed and Jones also were charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, police said.