An off-duty Howard County police officer was charged early Friday morning with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.
Police Officer Austin Michael George, 26, was stopped about 2:20 a.m. in Ellicott City, driving his personal vehicle, police said.
George, a two-year veteran of the force assigned to southern district patrol, has been suspended indefinitely with pay, police said.
According to police, George was driving on Rogers Avenue near Route 40 when another officer noticed the car drifting.
The car drifted to the side of the road and stopped, police said. The officer approached the car and noticed the driver, George, may have been intoxicated. Additional officers arrived, including a Maryland State Police officer, and George was charged with driving under the influence.
Police would not release if George was administered a breathalyzer or where he was headed citing an ongoing investigation.
“We place a strong emphasis on traffic safety in Howard County,” Police Chief William McMahon said. “We recognize the dangers of impaired driving and focus many efforts on combating this problem. We hold our officers to the same expectations that we do of the community.”
After being arrested, George was cited and released to be driven home by a sober driver, which is standard procedure in many DUI cases, police said.
Police would not release George's address stating it was personnel information.