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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.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 31, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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It would sure be nice to see some accountability for a change. The Sheriff's department belongs to the people of Prince George's County.

Posted by: Hellmut | March 31, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Want to know how much eveidence was collected before the Deputy was released.

Ready.......NONE !!!!

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | March 31, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Just sweep it under the rug, like all the other B.S., nothing will come of it. He is back to work, his job is safe, and we the public get screwed again. Two different sets of laws...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 31, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson annnounced today officially he enters the race for county executive and officially the smart peeps of PG County cross the street when we see you,your sheriff's, and your name on the ballot from this day forward.
Who let the dogs out, oh your deputies killed them , my bad. And have a lemonade for the sheriff who WILL NOT be charged for being a drunk.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | March 31, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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