Car Chase Leads to DUI Arrest of Off-Duty Cop

On September 23, an off-duty Baltimore City police officer led law enforcement officers on a car chase and failed a breath alcohol test, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun. Prior to the chase, a Baltimore County police officer was monitoring traffic at 2 a.m. when a Black Lexus reportedly sped by at a speed of 72 miles per hour, more than twice the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. After the Lexus nearly struck the cruiser, the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over. Instead of pulling over, the driver of the Lexus crossed five lanes and cut in front of several vehicles to get away from the officer. Several of the vehicles had to brake suddenly to avoid crashing into the Lexus.

According to published reports, after speeding for nearly a mile, the driver stopped suddenly, but failed to exit the vehicle. Law enforcement officers tried to remove him from the car to place him in handcuffs, but they noticed a semi-automatic handgun at his waist. The driver moved his hands toward the gun, but officers were able to remove the gun from his possession and administered field sobriety tests and a breath alcohol test after smelling alcohol on his breath. The breath test registered a reading of 0.14. The driver was immediately suspended from the police department after his arrest.

Getting arrested for driving under the influence has serious consequences. In addition to the possibility of serving jail time, losing your license, and having to pay hefty fines, a DUI arrest can also affect your status at work and your relationship with your family. The Maryland DUI defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC have the experience needed to handle complex cases right from the beginning. We’ll fight hard for your rights every step of the way. For a free case evaluation to discuss your case, contact us at (301) 262-7005 or toll free at (866) 444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+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.