By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
3:26 PM EDT, July 19, 2013
A first-degree assault charge filed against a Baltimore Police sergeant alleged to have pointed a gun at her son's head has been reduced to carrying a weapon while under the influence of alcohol after the son changed his story, according to prosecutors.
Robin Blackmon, 44, had the charge reduced during a preliminary hearing in court on Friday.
In addition to the reduced charge, she still faces multiple traffic charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol, in connection to the July 17 incident. She allegedly got into an argument with her adult son and then left the home after having consumed alcohol.
Blackmon was arrested about 8:40 a.m. on a residential street near her home. At the time, she had "blood shot eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her person," according to a Baltimore County police report.
She failed two field sobriety tests, as well as a Breathalyzer test nearly four hours later, in which she recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.084, which is above the legal limit, according to the police report.
Her Baltimore Police service gun was recovered from inside her purse on the passenger seat in her car, police said.
Blackmon's son, Andrew Bratcher, 20, had initially told police his mother had pointed her gun at him during their argument, police said, and Blackmon was charged with first-degree assault.
But in subsequent interviews, he changed his story, said Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
"The son has told us a different version of events, and therefore we don't think we have enough to pursue the first-degree assault," Shellenberger said.
A trial date was set for Nov. 27 in Catonsville District Court.
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