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Former BPD officer pleads guilty to DUI after being found unconscious, intoxicated while on duty

Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 19, 2019

BALTIMORE, Md. — A former Baltimore Police Officer has pleaded guilty to DUI and misconduct in office charges after he was found unconscious and intoxicated behind the wheel of his patrol car.

According to the State's Attorney's Office, in October of 2018, 27-year-old Aaron Heilman drove his BPD patrol car under the influence of alcohol while on duty. They say he was discovered slumped over in his patrol car by two people working nearby after they noticed his car had been parked with it's top lights flashing for a while. One of the witnesses said they became alarmed after the officer remained unresponsive through their attempts to wake him up by knocking on the car windows.

Moments later, an officer was called to the scene to investigate after Heilman was said to have, once again, fallen asleep behind the wheel. They determined that Heilman was in fact effected by alcohol after observing his breath, walk, speech, and eyes.

Heilman was then transported to the district office where he agreed to a breathlayzer. His blood alcohol level was a 0.22, which is about three times the Maryland legal limit. Police later searched his patrol car and found an empty bottle of wine in the vehicle.

Heilman is expected to be sentenced on August 9, 2019. He is facing a maximum of two concurrent one-year sentences with all but 30 days suspended, 18 months of supervised probation, and all standard DUI penalties.