A Baltimore police sergeant assigned to a new plainclothes unit has been charged with driving under the influence, police said. Police said he crashed a department vehicle Saturday.
Sgt. Larry Worsley, a 15-year-veteran with the police department, was charged on a criminal summons. Police said his department-issued Dodge Charger struck several unoccupied parked vehicles in the area of the 1100 block of Argonne Drive in Northeast Baltimore.
A police spokesman said Worsley was off duty at the time.
Worsley is assigned to the Anti-Crime Section, which was created in April, police spokesman T.J. Smith said.
The “small group of plainclothes officer units was formed to address violent groups working in Baltimore,” Smith said. The unit includes two sergeants and 12 officers assigned to each half of the city.
The unit is the first new plainclothes unit since such units were disbanded last year by then-Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Davis disbanded the units after the federal indictments of eight Gun Trace Task Force officers.
Worsley has been suspended with pay, as is required by the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights.
The case is also being investigated internally, the department said.
Because Worsley was charged by summons, he did not have to go through the formal and lengthy booking process. The summons orders him to show up to court.
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this story.