A former FBI agent has been convicted of multiple drunk driving charges, including motor vehicle manslaughter, in connection with a fatal car accident that caused the death of one teenager and seriously injured another. During his trial, the agent's criminal defense attorney argued that his client was not responsible for the accident, but that it was caused by the teenager's negligent driving. The jury disagreed, finding the agent guilty of seven DUI-related charges.
The alleged drunk driving crash took place in February 2011 in Brandywine, Maryland, which is about 35 miles southwest of Annapolis. According to police reports, the teenagers pulled onto a road in front of the agent's car, and the two vehicles subsequently collided. The 18-year-old driver was killed in the crash, and his passenger suffered serious injuries.
In his closing argument, the prosecuting attorney stated that witnesses had reported the FBI agent, who was off-duty at the time of the crash, speeding and weaving around other cars prior to the accident. He also alleged that the agent's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when it was tested after the crash.
The agent's defense attorney countered that his client was not significantly impaired by alcohol when the crash occurred, and a defense expert testified that the accident would have happened even if the agent had not been speeding.
However, the agent was found guilty of seven criminal charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month, at which time he faces up to 13 years in jail.
Source: Washington Post, "Ex-FBI agent convicted of motor vehicle manslaughter in Maryland crash," Matt Zapotsky, Oct. 25, 2012