- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore police officer was arrested for drunken driving after he was found passed out, his second arrest in less than three years, authorities said.

According to a police incident report indicated that Officer Adrian Ortiz said he lost a personal handgun, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. The latest charges occurred Oct. 7. An officer wrote in an incident report that he was called to investigate a man lying in the street at a convenience store.

Ortiz was charged with driving while under the influence and driving while impaired by alcohol. A police spokeswoman said Ortiz has been suspended with pay.

Ortiz was charged with DUI in January 2018. An incident report at the time showed that police were called to a night club for a report of an armed person. Officers caught up with a truck that drove away from the scene and took Ortiz to the Central District, where a breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.1.

City prosecutors dropped all charges against Ortiz. Though Ortiz was never identified, police disclosed in 2018 that two officers were suspended in connection with the incident and investigated for “alleged misconduct.”



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