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