Holiday Alcohol Task Force – Week 4

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force have been devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

  • During this past week’s Task Force (December 6 to December 9), task force officers arrested 26 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI

 

  • During the past 4 weeks of the Alcohol Holiday Task Force, task force officers have arrested 112 people for DUI.

It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by MCP officers during this time period is higher.

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Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Results – Weeks One and Two

Rich Leotta (whose son, MCP Officer Noah Leotta, was struck and killed by a DUI driver while participating as a member of the the 2015 Holiday Task Force) speaks to Holiday Task Force officers during roll call.

The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from:

  • Gaithersburg Police Department
  • Maryland National Capital Park Police Department (Montgomery County Division)
  • Maryland State Police
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Takoma Park Police Department

will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.  The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control will also be assisting officers with compliance checks of businesses who hold alcohol licenses.

The task force began on November 15 and will continue through January 6, 2018.  A summary of the results from the first two weeks of the Holiday Task Force are below:

Week 1: November 16 – November 18:

  • 19 – Arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or drugs (DUI)
  • 2 – Civil Alcohol Citations issued to adults for possession of alcohol under the age of 21

Week 2: November 21 (Tuesday), November 22 (Wednesday), November 24 (Friday), November 25 (Saturday):

  • 43 – Arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or drugs (DUI)
  • 4 – Civil Alcohol Citations issued to adults for possession of alcohol under the age of 21
  • 3 – Criminal arrests
    • Task force officers arrested an adult male after he was stopped while driving a vehicle that had been previously reported stolen during a residential burglary in the Gaithersburg area.

Note: On the evening of November 22, in addition to task force officers, officers from the Rockville City Police Department, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Maryland Natural Resources Police also assisted with this alcohol-related enforcement.

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MCP Cruiser Struck By Drunk Driver While Officer Responding To Collision

Yesterday (Saturday, February 18) at approximately 6:30 p.m., 4th District officers were dispatched to the report of a collision in the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Spencerville Road in the Colesville area.  Officer Matthew Runkles, the first officer to arrive in the area, located the collision on Norbeck Road (Route 28) at Llewellyn Manor Way.

Officer Runkles observed that one of the vehicles that had been involved in the collision was disabled in the roadway and activated his patrol car’s emergency lights.  He stopped his marked patrol cruiser behind the vehicle.  The officer unbuckled his seat belt and was about to exit his cruiser when a 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 traveling west on Norbeck Road rear-ended the MCP cruiser.  The Mercedes-Benz then swerved around the cruiser and came to a stop.  Officer Runkles, a ten-year veteran of the Police Department, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Morris Moody, age of 65, of Deer Valley Terrace in Silver Spring.  He was arrested and charged by MCP officers for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and additional traffic offenses. Moody consented to a breath test which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of (.17).  The legal BAC limit is (.08) in Maryland. 

MCP continues to urge those who choose to drink alcohol to make the right decision and choose a sober driver for your ride home.

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MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

Striking Vehicle – Driver Under Influence of Alcohol

Striking Vehicle – Driver Under Influence of Alcohol

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Results

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force devoted their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses during the holiday season.  The eight-week task force began on November 16, 2016 and concluded on January 7, 2016.

  • During the eight weeks of the task force, task force officers arrested 249 people for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
  • During the eight weeks of the task force, task force officers arrested 5 people for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs.
  • During the eight weeks of the task force, task force officers issued 28 criminal citations to adults for selling alcohol to a minor in a business.

(It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by MCP officers during this time period is higher).

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents that they can assist in combating alcohol-related crime and collisions throughout the year:

If you plan on drinking, include a sober driver in your plans:

  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

If you believe you are observing a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs:

  • Call 911.  If possible, and without putting yourself in danger, obtain the license plate of the vehicle, the direction of travel of the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle (make, model, color).

If you have information on establishments that are selling alcohol to youth under 21 or over serving patrons:

  • If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
  • If you believe it is an ongoing issue, you can call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here. You can remain anonymous. Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

If you have information on an underage drinking party:

  • If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Holiday Alcohol Task Force Results- Week Seven

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force have been devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

  • During this past week’s Task Force (December 28 to January 1), task force officers arrested 33 people for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
  • 20– Civil Alcohol Citations were issued to adults for possession of alcohol under the age of 21
  • 2 – Criminal Citations were issued to adults for having an open container in a prohibited place
  • 5 – Criminal Citations were issued to adults for selling alcohol to a minor in a business
  • 2 – Criminal Citations were issued to adults for disorderly conduct
  • 11 – Civil Alcohol Citations were issued to juveniles for possession of alcohol under the age of 21
  • During the past seven weeks of the Alcohol Holiday Task Force, task force officers have arrested 232 people for driving under the influence of alcohol.

It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made my MCP officers during this time period is higher.

 

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