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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

BCoPD 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 Friday, August 29 through Monday September 1. 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.

Remember too, that a driver may have a BAC level lower than .08 and yet be incapable of driving. Driving while “buzzed” is dangerous too because the driver’s reaction time is impaired. Driving “buzzed” is considered a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense. This is punishable by a fine or possible arrest.

Officers also will be on the lookout for anyone texting or using a handheld cellphone while driving.

Think before you get behind the wheel. Texting and drunk driving is a lethal cocktail.

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

On March 2 at approximately 2:00 a.m., an off-duty Corporal from the White Marsh precinct was arrested in Bel Air for Driving Under the Influence. His police powers have been suspended and he will be on administrative duty pending the outcome of the court case and internal investigation.

Any information on the incident itself will be handled by the Bel Air Police.

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