County Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Discharge
MD ( December 18, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Justin Robert Pettie, 21, of
6908 German Hill Road in Baltimore pled guilty in the District
Court of Maryland for Baltimore County to illegally discharging
a pollutant into State waters. The offense is a misdemeanor
in violation of the State’s water pollution control laws.
Judge Jan M. Alexander ordered probation before judgment, imposed
a fine of $142.50 plus court costs and placed Pettie on probation
for six months.
The charge resulted from Pettie discharging carpet cleaning
wastewater into a storm drain on Westland Boulevard in Arbutus.
The discharge was observed and reported to the Baltimore
County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource
by a concerned citizen who was able to photograph the commercial
van with his cell phone.
The case was investigated
by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney
General. In making today’s announcement,
Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Jay
Robinson for his work on the case.