FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick police officer has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol.

The Frederick News-Post reports Robert Wayne Pierce, 55, pleaded guilty Friday during a court hearing.

The 11-year veteran was charged in March with driving drunk after his patrol car was reported as traveling erratically and hitting a guardrail. Carroll County Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Daniels said in court Friday that when officers found Pierce his eyes appeared watery and glassy. Pierce told police he had consumed alcohol and a sleeping pill; he refused to take a breath test.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

A Frederick Police Department spokesman says Pierce was placed on administrative duties with the department immediately after his arrest and is still working in that capacity.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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