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Md. officer fined, DWI charge dropped

Matt Zapotosky

A Prince George’s County police officer charged with drunken driving after he flipped his unmarked police cruiser in the Largo area in January was given "probation before judgment" on a speeding charge and fined $100 plus court costs, court records show.

Officer Darin Rush -- who was initially charged with driving while impaired, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to control his vehicle's speed -- pleaded guilty to the speeding charge in April, court records show. The drunken-driving charges against him were dropped because prosecutors were unable to subpoena a nurse who had conducted Rush’s blood test in time for the trial, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Ramon Korionoff, the spokesman, said an investigator from the prosecutor's office twice went to the hospital personally to try to serve the nurse but could not locate her. A letter was also mailed, he said, but it is unclear if it reached her.

“We were unable to obtain the blood test results in time for trial,” Korionoff said.

Rush remains on paid administrative leave, and internal affairs investigators are looking into the case, said Maj. Andrew Ellis, a police spokesman. A man who answered the phone at Rush's home hung up after a reporter identified himself. Rush's attorney did not return a phone message seeking comment on the case. The probation before judgment ruling allows a person to technically avoid a conviction if he abides by the probation terms set by the judge.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  June 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Internal Affairs , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Comments

“We were unable to obtain the blood test results in time for trial,” Korionoff said.

I wonder how many times ordinary citizens arrested on these charges have been rescued by such luck?

Posted by: mercredi | June 17, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Prince Georges County,,
Where else in the world - do PIGS & MONKEYS piss on our justice system , and the Maryland State Government looks the other way. I am a "Life Long Democrat" but I think I will vote REPUBLICAN across the board in November.

Posted by: JadedCynic | June 17, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

“We were unable to obtain the blood test results in time for trial,” Korionoff said.

I wonder how many times ordinary citizens arrested on these charges have been rescued by such luck?

Posted by: mercredi | June 17, 2010 6:42 AM

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Luck???????? You're naive if you think luck had something to do with it.

Posted by: Ratzoe | June 17, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

my my.. how convienient... could not locate/serve the nurse.. so the officer/perp walks..

hey > maryland > ya get what ya deserve.... this perp wil continue his malfeasant actions... [got away with it this time] prob kill someone next time..

what a joke..

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 17, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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