- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped about 20 drunken driving cases, and could be set to shelve dozens more, after the sudden resignation of a Virginia Beach officer involved with the cases.

Commonwealth’s attorney spokeswoman Macie Pridgen tells local media that prosecutors are reviewing about 40 additional cases to decide whether to proceed with them.

On Aug. 11, Officer Christopher Skinner failed to appear to testify against numerous drivers he had arrested. Prosecutors were told he had resigned, although the reason for the resignation has not been released. Pridgen says the commonwealth’s attorney has not been asked to look into criminal charges against him.

Skinner had been recognized for his police work multiple times during his time at the police department.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving awarded Skinner for making 79 DUI arrests in 2013.

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