WALDORF – A Prince George's County volunteer fire chief from the Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly threatened to slash the tires of his girlfriend’s vehicle and led police on a chase.
Officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Department arrested 49-year-old Matthew Fowler and charged him with 49 traffic violations, including negligent driving and reckless driving, along with other charges.
Just before 5 a.m. on Oct. 24, officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Department were called to the 2500 block of Lisa Drive in Waldorf for the report of a man threatening to slash the tires on his girlfriend’s car. Once officers arrived on the scene they observed the suspect in a silver Ford F-150 truck leaving the scene. The officers initiated a traffic stop, but the driver fled. Officers chased Fowler until he crossed over into Prince George's County. At that point they ended the chase.
According to Prince George's Fire Officials, Fowler switched vehicles from his own vehicle to his fire department’s marked Ford Explorer and then returned to Charles County. Just after 6 a.m., police responded back to Lisa Drive after they were informed that Fowler had returned.
When officers arrived on the scene, Fowler once again drove off. However, officers gave chase and were able to stop him about a mile from the scene. He was then placed under arrest.
Fowler was a member of the volunteer fire department for several years before he became volunteer fire chief earlier this year. Prior to becoming a member, he was a volunteer firefighter at the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Fowler was taken into custody and transported to the Charles County Detention Center.
Officials say he was off-duty during the time of the incident.