In the news this week, we are following the pending DUI cases for 2 prominent Virginia police officers:
Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker was arrested Saturday night for a first offense DUI after allegedly causing an accident in Arlington County. Baker reportedly failed the field sobriety tests on the scene of the accident and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.19. Critics appear divided as to how this arrest affects his career; many believe his "40 years of exemplary service" should not be disregarded due to this one bad decision. The Alexandria Police Association has voiced their support for Baker and his family. Baker was placed on administrative leave following the arrest and made a statement expressing disappointment in himself. David P. Baker resigned as Alexandria City Police Chief effective yesterday.
Virginia Beach Police Office Bryan K. Womble was granted a continuance in his pending DUI charge in Chesapeake. Womble was arrested in June after allegedly causing an accident and then attempting to leave the scene. He is said to have failed the field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.15. His arrest is particular interesting given his dedication to DUI enforcement; Womble is a member of the Virginia Beach Selective Enforcement Team focusing on drunk driving. In 2007, Womble reportedly made 70 DUI arrests, and earlier this month his testimony regarding the arrest of NFL star Bruce Smith helped to award the prosecution a conviction. (Smith has appealed his case.)