Hearing for alleged intoxicated Loudoun deputy continued
A General District Court hearing was continued today for a Loudoun County deputy charged last month with driving while intoxicated.
The deputy, whose name is not being released by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office because they said he was working undercover at the time of the incident, now has a new court date of Jan. 10.
The 10-year Sheriff’s Office veteran is charged with DUI and refusing a breathalyzer test.
Following the Nov. 10 incident, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave, according to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
He was arrested Nov. 10 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a report around 12:30 a.m. of a possibly intoxicated man attempting to leave in a vehicle in the Lansdowne Town Center area. When deputies arrived at the scene, they learned the driver had struck two parked vehicles with his personal vehicle.
“We hold our deputies to the highest standards and respect due process. We must allow the criminal justice system and an internal investigation to take its course regarding this matter,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a statement at the time the information was released to the media on Nov. 14. “The deputies who responded to this incident took the appropriate action and we are thankful for their dedication to this agency and to Loudoun County.”
The Loudoun Times-Mirror on Nov. 14 filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the incident report in connection with the arrest.
Officials with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 16 responded to the FOIA request, saying they could not release the incident report because it was part of an ongoing investigation.
“The information you have requested is exempt under § 2.2-3706 (D) of the Code of Virginia (Freedom of Information Act), as release of the information you seek could identify an undercover officer and jeopardize current ongoing investigations or prosecutions,” the response said.
The Sheriff’s Office has not released what the deputy’s blood alcohol level was and how much damage was caused to the two parked vehicles he hit.
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