From THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
Upper Marlboro, MD – Oct. 8, 2015— Maryland State Police report that they arrested an impaired driver, later identified as a Howard County Police Officer, who left the scene of a crash that injured another in Prince George’s County on Oct. 7, 2015. The boozing cop also had a child in the car with him, say police. Howard County’s Police Chief announced afterwards that he has suspended the officer.
State Police and Howard County Police identified the alleged hit and run DUI driver as Howard County Police Officer Corey Britton, 37, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who was operating a Nissan Maxima. He is charged with failing to remain at the scene of a collision involving injury, driving under the influence, driving under the influence while transporting a minor, failure to control speed to avoid a collision and operating a vehicle in a negligent manner. Britton was released from the barrack per procedure after signing the citations, which is not an admission of guilt.
The driver of the second car is identified as Deborah McKinney, 54, of Largo, Maryland. Ms. McKinney was transported by emergency medical personnel to Prince George’s County Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision
Just before 11:00 p.m. yesterday, the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack was called by McKinney who reported her Cadillac DTS was struck in the rear by a Nissan Maxima. She also said the male driver appeared unsteady on his feet prior to returning to his car and leaving the scene. She was able to take pictures of the damage to both vehicles and the tag before the driver left the scene.
When troopers arrived on the scene, McKinney showed them pictures of the tag and damage to the other vehicle. A registration check through the Motor Vehicle Administration identified the owner as Howard County Police Officer Britton.
At the address of the registered owner, troopers contacted a male, later identified as Britton, who appeared to be unsteady on his feet. Britton identified himself as a member of the Howard County Police Department. Based on the troopers’ observations, Britton was arrested and transported back to the Forestville Barrack for processing.
When a police officer is busted for DUI, it means that another police officer was doing his or her job correctly. Police officers who are convicted of hit and run and DUI should not rob banks either. Officer Britton might want to look for another job.