BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There are serious charges against a Baltimore City police officer. He’s accused of leading county police on a drunken high-speed chase and now he’s off the job.
Kai Jackson has the accusations and how the police department is responding.
These charges have put Officer Timothy Smith’s future and career in jeopardy.
Baltimore County police say it happened Friday, Sept. 23, around 2 a.m. on Liberty Road near Lochearn. They say a patrol officer with radar clocked a black Lexus doing 72 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone.
“So the officer immediately, once we heard of these allegations, was suspended,” said Baltimore Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Police say the speeding car was driven by Baltimore City police officer Timothy Smith, who’s 25. Investigators say when the patrol officer attempted to stop Smith, he kept going.
In the charging documents, the officer wrote, “The Lexus failed to stop and rapidly accelerated, then crossed over all lanes, cutting in front of several other vehicles.”
They say Smith abruptly stopped his car on Lord Baltimore Drive.
According to charging documents, police say when they finally caught up with him they had to forcibly remove him from his car and place him in handcuffs.
According to charging documents, “Officers found the defendant’s eyes to be glassy and bloodshot and his speech to be slurred.”
Baltimore County Police say they placed Smith under arrest when he failed a field sobriety test.
“He is currently suspended, working administrative duty which means his gun and his badge have been taken away,” Guglielmi said.
Police say Smith is a five-year veteran of the police department.