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Retiring Federal Prisons Director Charged With DUI

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ retiring director was charged with drunken driving in February after Anne Arundel County police say an officer spotted him driving erratically near his Annapolis home.

According to a police report, Harley Lappin, 55, who announced last week that he would retire in May, was pulled over Feb. 26 after an officer saw him nearly swerve into two vehicles.

The report states Lappin’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, his breath smelled of alcohol and he could not walk a straight line or keep his balance on one foot in sobriety tests. He faces driving under the influence and related charges.

A bureau spokeswoman says Lappin decided to retire before the incident, but he informed his supervisors immediately and apologized to staff Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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