Maryland Man Involved in August Crash With Patrol Car Faces Drunk Driving Charges

Car crashA two-car collision back in August has now turned into a drunk driving case.

On the morning of August 5 at around 11:00am, Pfc Joseph Gallina, a 22-year veteran officer was parked in an unmarked Howard County police car on the right shoulder of Route 100 in Ellicott City for a traffic stop and had his emergency lights on.

A man from the Gwynn Oak Avenue area in Baltimore was driving a Cadillac Escalade and went off the road, hitting the back of Gallina’s vehicle.  Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said that Gallina was then treated for non-life threatening injuries  at the Howard County General Hospital, while the driver of the Escalade was treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and then released.

Police report, however, that recent testing has confirmed that the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the crash that was more than twice the legal limit.  The driver has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), failure to change lanes for a stopped emergency vehicle and driving without a license.

Driving drunk is a serious offense and with the holidays approaching, law enforcement will be more watchful than ever for any signs of impaired driving.  If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges, don’t waste a single second.  Contact the Maryland DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC today for a free consultation.  We will review your case, assemble the facts and fight to get you the best possible outcome.  Dont wait…call or contact us today.

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+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.