County Officer Charged with DUI while Off-Duty

The officer was suspended with pay.

A Howard County Police officer was charged with driving under the influence early Friday morning after being stopped while off-duty in Ellicott City.

Police said Austin Michael George, a 2-year veteran of the police force, was drifting in the roadway on Rogers Avenue near Route 40 when an officer stopped him around 2:20 a.m. Friday.

The officer noticed George may be intoxicated and other officers responded. George was later charged with DUI, according to police.

“We place a strong emphasis on traffic safety in Howard County,” stated Police Chief William McMahon. “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.”

Police said George was released and transported home by a sober driver. He was suspended from the force with pay while police continue to investigate.

J Leland December 13, 2013 at 04:46 PM
What's the difference between suspended with pay and paid vacation?
Skye Anderson December 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Probably the fact that one gets only a certain number of vacation days a year and the probably must be signed up for in advance. There is no sitma for vacation days. I assume that if he is found innocent, he will return to work and if he is found guilty, that something else will happen.
Justin case December 14, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Suspended with pay????? Really.....what a crock of malarkey. Can we all assume he was also released on his own recog without any amount of bail? That's hcpd for ya. Always looking out for there own and sticking it to the general public


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