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The Baltimore County Police Department reminds those hitting the road this Labor Day weekend that drinking while driving and distracted driving are dangerous and against the law.

Baltimore County police officers will be assigned to “saturation” details throughout the county from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5. A saturation detail consists of officers who patrol areas that throughout the year had a high concentration of DWI (Driving While Impaired), and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offenses.

Anyone driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher is considered legally drunk and will be arrested.

Drivers with a BAC level lower than .08 may be incapable of driving and are subject to arrest. Driving while “buzzed” is dangerous because the driver’s reaction time is impaired. Driving “buzzed” is considered a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense. DUIs are punishable by a fine or possible arrest.

Officers will be on the lookout for aggressive driving, speeding, failure to use a seatbelt and texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving. Drivers can be ticketed and fined for failure to obey the law.

Think before you get behind the wheel. Texting and drunk driving can have deadly consequences.

If you know you will be drinking alcohol, arrange for a designated driver. You’ll save your life and the lives of others.

 Baltimore County Police Officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges today in memory of a fallen hero.

On December 31, 2001, Sergeant Mark Parry was scheduled to be off but came into work so someone else could take off. He was on patrol on Joppa Road in Towson when a drunk driver struck the unmarked police car he was riding in. The drunk driver fled the scene but was later taken into custody.

Sergeant Parry was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries on January 21, 2002. He was married and the father of three children.

Just before 2 a.m. this morning, a Baltimore County Police officer stopped a 2014 Ford Mustang for speeding at Dulaney Valley Road and I-695 in Towson.

The officer suspected that the driver been drinking so he had the driver exit the vehicle for field sobriety tests. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver was arrested and taken to the Towson precinct for processing.

The person arrested has been identified as 23-year-old Bernard Hayward Pierce of Baltimore. Pierce is a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Pierce was cooperative with police. He was processed and released per Baltimore County Police Department procedures.

Pierce was charged with:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving while impaired by alcohol
  • Exceeding maximum speed: 55 Mph in a posted 30 Mph zone
  • Driving vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on a highway

Baltimore County Police Department procedures allow for a person arrested for DUI to be released to a responsible adult if the following conditions are met:

  • The person must be a Maryland resident
  • A responsible, sober adult must be willing to pick the person up and take responsibility for the person within two hours
  • The person has no previous charges for DUI or FTA (Failure to appear in court)
  • Approval of a supervisor or shift commander

Booking photograph for Bernard Hayward Pierce

 
 

Revised September 27, 2016