UPDATED: Loudoun deputy arrested for DWI; officials deny FOIA request
A Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and 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.
The department will not release the name of the deputy because he is part of an ongoing undercover investigation, Mills said.
The deputy has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.
“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. “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.”
Mills said the incident is still under investigation.
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.