Sean Michael Streeper, 48 of Damascus, Maryland, was sentenced to serve three years in prison on July 14, 2010 following his 8th alcohol related driving conviction. Deputy State’s Attorney Michael “Mick” Cuches prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Maryland. Mr. Cuches secured the conviction, sought the enhanced subsequent offender penalties and successfully argued that Mr. Streeper should be sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by law.
The charges stemmed from September 1, 2019 at approximately 5:33 PM when a Trooper from the Maryland State Police Centreville Barracks was on routine patrol on Route 301 in Centreville and observed a car going 92 MPH in the posted 55 MPH zone. The Trooper pulled the car over and made contact with the two occupants of the vehicle. The driver was identified as Sean Michael Streeper accompanied by a female passenger. The Trooper learned that Mr. Streeper did not have a license and his privilege to drive was revoked and suspended.
Mr. Streeper had glassy eyes, and turned his head away from the Trooper every time he spoke. The Trooper also smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Mr. Streeper initially said he drank four or five beers at a friends house, but later said six or seven. Mr. Streeper was subsequently arrested after performing standardized field sobriety tests and taken to the Centreville State Police Barracks where an intoximeter test of breath determined his blood alcohol content to be .10. The legal limit is .08.
Mr. Streeper was charged with Driving under the Influence Per Se and other related offenses. The maximum penalty for a first time DUI conviction is one (1) year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine (or both). Mr. Streeper entered a guilty plea to Driving While Under the Influence Per Se on July 14, 2020 in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County. Mr. Cuches filed the State’s Notice of Intent to Seek Subsequent Offender penalties which raised Mr. Streepers’ maximum possible jail sentence to three (3) years in prison and/or a $3,00.00 fine (or both). Mr. Cuches argued to the Court that the facts of this case and Mr. Streeper’s lengthy history of alcohol related driving convictions established a danger to those traveling on the roadway. Mr. Cuches requested that the Court sentence Streeper to the maximum penalty to ensure the safety of the community and to deter others from committing similar crimes.
Mr. Streeper was then sentenced to serve three years in prison, the maximum sentence for the convicted offense.
Mr. Cuches later stated “when you are facing your 8th alcohol related driving conviction you have proven to be a danger to the motoring public and the maximum prison sentence needs to be imposed for the safety and well being of the motoring public. Today we accomplished removing the danger of Mr. Streeper from the highway for a lengthy period of time”.