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Police officer arrested on DUI charge with two children, 7 and 10, in the car

DUI67556741-22152321-400225A police officer is facing DUI charges after he crashed into a parked vehicle in York County on May 24 , according to court documents.

Off-duty Baltimore City Police officer Shawn Bryon Johnson, 40, of West York, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence along the 1400 block of Detwiler Drive in Manchester Township on May 24.

Johnson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.276 percent, court documents indicate. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Johnson explained to police at the scene that he had just come from his ex-wife’s house and had his two children, ages 7 and 10, with him when he crashed. The children were in the back seat of the vehicle and were not injured, police said.

The arresting officer noticed Johnson had slurred speech, blood shot eyes and a strong smell of alcohol coming off of him, according to court paperwork.

Johnson told police, “Just take me in, I’m over,” documents state.

He failed the field sobriety test and was taken to the York County Booking Center.

While being taken into custody Johnson repeatedly expressed his frustration with work and his personal difficulties, court documents state.

The children were picked up by their mother at the scene. Johnson’s ex-wife told police that “she and Johnson ate dinner and he drank three small mixed drinks at her house before taking the children and traveling home,” according to court documents. She told officers she didn’t think Johnson was drunk or intoxicated.

Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the force, was charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11.


2 Comments to “Police officer arrested on DUI charge with two children, 7 and 10, in the car”

    linda said:
    June 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Impairment starts with the first drink, stupid..did you bother to ask how many drinks he had before he came to your house. Or was it just easier to get rid of the kids for a while, and send them on their way with a (father) that was impaired, because he was stressed. great parenting. When will people learn, if you intend to drive, do not drink! throw the book at him.

    Becky_Don said:
    June 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    The ex-wife lied to cover her arse. There is no way she didn't know he was drunk.

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