Maryland police officers understand better than anyone else the risks of drinking and driving. Nearly everyday they are faced with the aftermath of a driver making the decision to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming either alcohol or drugs. That may be part of why it is surprising to many people when they find out a police officer faces a drunk driving charge.
However, the fact of the matter is that police officers are human. They make the same mistakes everyone else makes. Being a law enforcement officer does not change that.
For instance, a corporal with Baltimore County was recently pulled over in Harford County. Something supposedly caused the Harford County officer that initiated the traffic stop to suspect the driver was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The officer was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence. No further details regarding the traffic stop or the officer's arrest were released.
He has, however, been put on administrative leave and stripped of his police powers until the drunk driving charge is resolved. Fortunately, our system of justice dictates that someone accused of a crime is innocent of it until and unless Maryland prosecutors prove to the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused individual actually committed the crime charged. Further, that individual has the right to review all of the evidence to be presented in court and to confront any witnesses against him or her at trial. The criminal defense is always geared toward achieving the best possible resolution for the client.
Source: wbaltv.com, Police corporal charged with DUI in Bel Air, No author, March 4, 2014