- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An undercover detective from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with driving while intoxicated and placed after administrative leave after a car collision over the weekend, officials announced Wednesday.

The detective on Saturday struck two parked cars with his personal vehicle at the Lansdowne Town Center and was attempted to leave the scene of the collision, according to Loudoun County Sheriff’s officials. The collision happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

The sheriff’s office has not identified the detective, except to say that he is a 10-year veteran of the agency who works undercover in the Criminal Investigations Division.

Officials said they would not release the detective’s name “as this is both a criminal and personnel matter, and because of safety concerns regarding his involvement in ongoing criminal investigations.”

The detective is now on paid administrative leave.

“We hold our deputies to the highest standards and respect due process. We must allow the criminal justice system and an internal investigation to take its course regarding this matter,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The deputies who responded to this incident took the appropriate action and we are thankful for their dedication to this agency and to Loudoun County.”

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