Pr. George's authorities answer questions on investigation of arrested deputy
Since we posted this story about a Prince George's County sheriff's deputy being let go without criminal charges after he was effectively arrested by county police for drunk driving, the question has come up: Why can't police just charge him now?
The short answer is, they can.
Maj. Andrew Ellis, a Prince George’s county police spokesman, said officers have a year and a day to bring charges in traffic violations such as this. Whether they do in this case, he said, would depend on how far they got in collecting evidence before county police Sgt. David Essing turned over the sheriff’s deputy to sheriff’s internal affairs investigators, and whether or not they gathered enough to build a prosecutable case.
Ellis said he did not know specifically what evidence was gathered in this case, except that the deputy, Donovan Gholston, failed a field sobriety test but was never administered a breathalyzer -- at least, not by county police. Ellis said he would explore the case further and see if he could get a more specific answer.
In another development, Capt. Nancy Ridgely, who commands the bureau of administration and support services for the sheriff's office, reached out to the Washington Post after reading the story to help shed light on why Gholston has not been disciplined.
Initially, Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, had declined to comment on the case or Gholston’s discipline except to say he remained on duty. The sheriff himself, Michael Jackson, has not responded to multiple inquiries seeking comment.
The sheriff’s office does not suspend or discipline any employees until the until affairs investigations into their conduct are complete as the “normal course of business,” Ridgely said.
She said she did not know when this investigation would wrap up.
March 31, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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