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Maryland police corporal admits to making up car stops, arresting fake people

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 14:17:00-04

REISTERSTOWN, Md. — A Maryland State Police Corporal was given a six-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to making up six DUI arrests.

Between January 2018 and December 2019, state prosecutors say John Sollon wrote tickets and arrest reports for people who didn't exist.

Sollon never even stopped any of the vehicles he claimed to, and made no actual arrests in those cases, though he swore under oath in charging documents that he did.

Each case ended up in court, but because the people weren't real, no one showed up.

This triggered arrest warrants to be issued for four of the fake people. On three occasions, a group of officers were sent out to made up addresses to serve the warrants.

“The citizens of Maryland have an expectation that law enforcement officers are conducting their jobs honestly and with the utmost integrity,” said Attorney General Brian Frosh. “When officers do not tell the truth, it is a betrayal of the public trust.”

As part of his plea deal, Sollon will be placed on three years supervised probation, pay a $6,000 fine and be required to complete 300 hours of community service.