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No charges filed in disorderly complaint against state police trooper at Jarrettsville restaurant

An off-duty Maryland State Police Trooper has been suspended with pay after he was driven from a Jarrettsville restaurant late Saturday night to the Bel Air Barrack by the barrack commander following allegations the trooper was disorderly and walking around in his underwear.

No charges have been filed against either the trooper who was transported to the barrack or another off-duty trooper who was with him.

Harford County Sheriff's deputies were called around 11 p.m. to the Jarrettsville Pit in the 3700 block of Federal Hill Road for a report of a naked man sitting at the bar.

One of the two troopers, neither of whose names were released because they have not been charged, had allegedly taken off his pants and was walking around in black boxers and at one point pulled those down and exposed himself, according to a sheriff's office police report.

A man in the restaurant who called police said that at one point he went over to talk to the man, who identified himself to the customer as a Maryland State Trooper, to which the customer replied that if the man was a state trooper, "he should not be acting like this," according to the report.

When the deputy went inside to find the man who said he was a trooper, he instead found the trooper's companion, who identified himself to sheriff's deputies as a sergeant with the Maryland State Police, according to the report. The sheriff's office said the alleged naked man is 34 and from Abingdon; an age was not available for the other trooper.

The man, accused of being naked, who the deputy said appeared to be intoxicated, later told the deputy that he thought the bar was empty except for the people he was with and that he was wearing black shorts, not underwear, under his jeans, and that he had not taken his shorts off at any time in the bar.

Deputies contacted Maryland State Police, and the Bel Air Barrack commander, Lt. Sean Jackson, picked up the trooper and took him to the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack for further investigation.

Cristie Kahler, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said once the sheriff's office completes its investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Harford County State's Attorney's Office, which will determine if charges will be filed.

Kahler said there will be no further investigation at this time into the actions of the second trooper, who said he was a sergeant.

Elena Russo, a spokesperson for Maryland State Police, said both individuals are being investigated internally for their involvement and had no other comment on the incident.

She said the trooper who was transported for investigation has been put on administrative suspension with pay. The other trooper was not suspended.

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