UPDATE: Undercover deputy’s DUI charge reduced to reckless driving
A Loudoun County General District Court judge today reduced charges against an undercover Loudoun County deputy who was arrested Nov. 10 for DUI and refusing a breathalyzer test.
The deputy, who is not being named because he was working on an undercover case at the time of his arrest, left court with a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison, but that order was suspended. The deputy must also pay a $300 fine and $81 in court costs.
The judge dismissed the charged of refusing a breathalyzer test.
The deputy is a 10-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
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 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.
Mills could not be reached for further comment on this case.
The deputy’s attorney, Todd Sanders, said the judge considered mitigating circumstances when he reduced his client’s charge.
On the night of his arrest, the deputy was having dinner with his father, a 67-year-old Navy veteran, at a restaurant in Lansdowne Town Center.
The two had a few drinks, but walked back to his father’s home, only blocks from the restaurant.
While at the home, Sanders said the deputy’s father fell backward and hit his head, which caused severe bleeding. Paramedics rushed his father to the nearby Lansdowne campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital.
The deputy, in a panic, got in his car to follow the ambulance to the hospital and was stopped by Loudoun County deputies on his way there. The deputy’s father died the next day.
“My client had no intentions of driving his car had this not happened,” Sanders said.
David Gardy, an attorney with the Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.
Gardy was not immediately available for comment.
This is a developing story. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.