Annapolis, Md – Anne Arundel County District Attorney Ann Colt Lytes has announced that Brandon Hardy, 26, of Annapolis has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and is subject to an additional five years suspended for 13 counts including two counts of second-degree assault on Anne Arundel County police officers Sevdlin Hussain and James Yee as well as a series of felony drug charges for possession with intent to distribute dangerous controlled substances. The defendant is subject to an additional five years of imprisonment if he fails the test.
A jury found the defendant guilty of the charges against him on July 7, 2022.
“With this ruling, the defendant will spend many years in prison and will not pose a risk to law enforcement officers or our community,” state attorney Anne Colt Lettis said. “I would like to thank Officer Hussain Wei for their dedication in keeping our streets safe and grateful that no one was seriously injured during this incident.”
Assistant Attorney General Marot Williamson brought this case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.
On September 3, 2021, Anne Arundel County Police Officers responded to the Mountain District
Road and Route 10 for a car accident report in which the driver of a silver Honda Civic, later identified as the defendant, Brandon Hardy, fled the scene. Witnesses stated that Hardy briefly returned to the car to retrieve some items before escaping. At the scene, police learned that two vehicles, a gray Ford Mustang and a black Kia sports car, were attempting to turn left from ramp 10 into Mountain Road when the defendant’s Civic ran a red light and hit both Mustangs. and kia. The Mustang and Kia’s occupants, including young children, were unharmed.
The passenger remained in the defendant’s car at the scene and told officers the defendant’s name and that he had taken her cell phone before he fled. A family member of the passenger arrived at the scene and used an app to locate the passenger’s phone that had been sent to a local fast food restaurant. Then the officers there responded and located the defendant but he refused to reveal his identity. A witness from the accident was brought to the scene and positively identified the defendant, Brandon Hardy. After the defendant was arrested and his hands tied, he tried to escape. He was quickly caught and became very uncooperative. A large number of officers were asked to put the accused in the police car to be taken into custody. During the struggle, the defendant bit Officer Yi on the leg and tried to bite Officer Hussain’s arm. None of the policemen sustained serious injuries and did not require medical treatment.
The officers noticed that the defendant was holding a large amount of drugs, and they had to grab it from his hands. These substances were subsequently tested and found to contain approximately 29 grams of fentanyl and more than 40 grams of cocaine. The defendant was also in possession of a digital scale and more than $400 in cash. A search of the defendant’s car revealed about 15 grams of marijuana and 30 strips of Suboxone.
The Honorable William Mulford presided over the case.