Laurel police sergeant indicted for assault after allegedly striking dirt bike with police cruiser

A Laurel police sergeant was indicted last month on charges of first- and second-degree assault, drawing his handgun in a crime and office misconduct after he allegedly struck a person on a dirt bike with a marked police cruiser in June, according to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted Sgt. Jason Sarver on Oct. 31, said John Erzen, spokesman for the county’s state’s attorney’s office. Erzen said Sarver was charged with assault for allegedly hitting a person driving a dirt bike between Fourth and Eighth streets in Laurel.

Erzen would not provide information about the driver of the bike, but said the person’s injuries were non-life threatening. Sarver has been on Laurel’s police force for 13 years, a city spokeswoman said.

Erzen said the weapons charge was filed against Sarver for allegedly pulling his handgun on the dirt bike driver. Sarver also faces multiple counts of misconduct in office for being “untruthful about the manner in which he struck the bike” and “all of the inconsistencies with his report with what he says happens versus what we now believe actually happened,” Erzen said.

Erzen said the state’s attorney’s office was informed of Sarver’s alleged misconduct following an internal investigation into the incident by the Laurel Police Department. During the department’s investigation, the administration found Sarver was “not truthful with the paperwork he filled out in regards to this incident and was not following standard operating procedure for the department,” Erzen said.

“This is something that is now in a trial posture,” Erzen said. “We certainly don’t believe that it was an accident.”

Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin said the department reviewed the incident involving Sarver then contacted the state’s attorney’s office, which led to Sarver’s indictment.

“Sgt. Sarver is suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal trial,” McLaughlin said. “This incident was self-discovered, self-reported and we have cooperated fully with the state’s attorney’s office.”

Greenbelt defense attorney Patrick McAndrew, who is representing Sarver, said they plan to “vigorously challenge” the charges soon.

“Based on my knowledge of the case, these charges are not supported and, at present, all we have are mere allegations,” McAndrew said. “We certainly don’t have any discovery from the state and what information they believe they have that supports these [charges].”

McAndrew said Sarver would not be making any public comment.

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