April 12, 2005
TANK TRUCK DRIVER CHARGED WITH OIL SPILL VIOLATIONS
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Robert Louis Simms, Jr., 39, of Brantwood Court in White
has been charged in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
with failure to report an oil spill and failure to remain at
the scene of an oil spill.
The charges allege that Simms failed to report that diesel
fuel had discharged from a tanker truck that Simms was operating
the first block of Defense Street in Annapolis on February 10,
2005. Additionally, Simms is alleged to have left the scene of
If convicted of either of the charges, Simms could be sentenced
to up to one year in jail and/or fined up to $50,000. The filing
of a charging document is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing,
and every individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case will be heard in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel
County. Arraignment has been set for April 25th.
The charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
State Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department of