Baltimore Police Officer was Drunk in Fatal Car Crash

By Peter DePaolis

Authorities charged a former Baltimore police officer with nine crimes stemming from an off-duty auto accident last October that killed a 19-year-old man. The officer was with the Baltimore police department for 28 years before joining the Annapolis police department last year.

In a story at, the officer was driving approximately 71 mph in a 40 mph zone when his Cadillac collided with the rear of a Dodge Durango. The teen victim was a passenger in the Durango, and the impact threw him out the car’s window. Rescue workers took him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died that evening. The off-duty police officer had a blood alcohol content of .19 at the time of the fatal collision.

The officer’s attorney said his client is not responsible for the crash. Investigators found traces of marijuana and opiates in the system of the Dodge driver. Investigators also do not know who had the right of way at the time of the car crash.

There was a case of beer in the officer’s passenger seat. An officer called to the scene said the off-duty cop tried leaving the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime, especially when there are injuries. Knowing what to do after a car accident is crucial. Contact our team today to explore your options.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.