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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Pr. William prosecutor arrested

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

An assistant commonwealth's attorney in Prince William County has been arrested in Fairfax County for drunk driving and felony drug possession, court records show.

Douglas Bradley Marshall, 32, of Haymarket, has been an assistant prosecutor in Prince William for three years. Fairfax police said he was stopped shortly before 3 a.m. on Dec. 11, as he drove a 2007 Cadillac DTS east on Interstate 66 near the exit for Route 29 in Centreville.

Officer Tawny Wright said an officer who had been operating a radar gun pulled Marshall over, found indications of alcohol consumption including an open beer can, and arrested Marshall.

Marshall declined to perform field sobriety tests, Wright said, and court records show he also declined to provide a breath sample. Police also located a prescription bottle with one pill of percocet, a controlled painkiller, which belonged to a family member, his lawyer David M. Hall said.

Marshall was charged with driving while intoxicated, felony possession of a controlled substance, refusing a breath or blood test, and having an open container of alcohol.

Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul B. Ebert said Marshall handles cases in traffic, general district, circuit and juvenile courts, and has not been suspended. "Until he's convicted, I might not take any action" against Marshall, Ebert said.

Hall said, "I'm pretty comfortable that he's going to get a favorable outcome, based on the facts that I know at this point."

By Tom Jackman  | December 17, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Pr. William, Tom Jackman  
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WOW! Anyone else that refused to do the field sobriety tests and provide a breath sample, not to mention being charged with as many different counts as Marshall, would have been carted off to the pokey ALONG WITH being suspended. Ebert apparently has one set of rules for people that work for him and an entirely different set for the hoi polloi....

Posted by: anon57 | December 17, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"I'm pretty comfortable that he's going to get a favorable outcome, based on the facts that I know at this point."

Yeah, the fact that he's a county lawyer.

The felony possession controlled substance seems pretty lame if the Rx bottle was for a family member. Doesn't prove this guy was taking the stuff.

Isn't refusal to take a breathalyzer test subject to a 1 yr revocation of your license?

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I guess it pays to be in the right pofession and know the right people! I'm sure if it had been me...I'd be in the POKEY right now!

Posted by: msmarti2u2 | December 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I guess it pays to be in the right profession and know the right people! I'm sure if it had been me...I'd be in the POKEY right now!

Posted by: msmarti2u2 | December 17, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Well if I'm ever stopped in VA and asked to submit a breath or blood test I will kindly refuse. Basically the Asst. DA just gave a blueprint on how to get away with drunk driving. Thank you Sir.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 17, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Funny... And this is a county where they don't prosecute felons for criminal gun possession, even when there are multiple witnesses and video evidence showing that the person was waiving it around, using it to threaten people....

Nice way to keep your county safe... What a D-bag.

Posted by: mika_england | December 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Like doctors, lawyers covering for lawyers.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

If Ebert is willing to wait for all the facts to come out, then I am too. Ebert has been a terrific prosecutor for many years and the people in Prince William County have reason to respect him.

Posted by: bw1951 | December 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Cop should have used better judgement, and given him a warning.

Posted by: cr10 | December 17, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Cop should have used better judgement, and given him a warning.

Posted by: cr10 | December 17, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Prince George,Prince William,what's the difference?

Posted by: slim21 | December 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Tom Jackrabbit doesn't have all the facts. I wouldn't believe him if he told me it was raining and I was soaking wet. How about we wait for ALL the facts to come out before we hang somebody.

Posted by: Fairfaxresident3 | December 17, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse


Why not just give him two cans of beer, a fifth of Vodka, three pills and send him back out on the road to ENJOY THE RIDE ????

Posted by: polecatx1 | December 17, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Paul "Hang Em High" Ebert has taken an oath to "protect" the public. This is how he does it?

Posted by: beachbob | December 18, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Lawyers suck!

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | December 18, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

He will get a favorable outcome, anybody else would have to wait till monday for a bond hearing, the badge wearers get VIP treatment. We go to jail, pay fines and loose our right to drive to work...

Posted by: Frank60 | December 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Tere is no JUSTICE in America...It is JUST US...white collar criminals who are favored every day because of who they know...shameless...This Asst. DA needs to be fired!!! No outrage from white ppl, hmmm?

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | December 18, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If this an happened to a prosecutor in Prince Georges County, the haters would be racking their pea-brains trying to top each other's racist "PG County" put-downs.

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 18, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I see nowhere that it indicates Douglas Marshall's citizenship status. Was this checked or verified? Only illegals drive around drunk in Prince William's County.

Posted by: paliceag | December 19, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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