BALTIMORE — A former Baltimore Police Officer has been sentenced following a guilty plea 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 was sentenced to one year in prison fully suspended, with one year of probation and 50 hours of community service.