Veteran Anne Arundel County police force was suspended without pay on Monday after being arrested for drunk driving and for assaulting a fellow officer.
Sgt. Kenneth Collier, a 21-year veteran of the department, was off-duty when he rear-ended another vehicle in his own vehicle on Riedel Road near Johns Hopkins Road, Saturday night around 8:30 p.m.
Officers responding to the crash discovered that Collier who was driving his personal car at the time of the accident was drunk behind the wheel.
Collier started cursing the female officer and touched her twice after ignoring commands not to touch her.
“After ignoring these commands, Mr. Collier proceded to come toward her person and place his left hand on her right upper torso in what Officer Lapham advised was an aggressive manner and began to verbally shout at her, point his finger toward her and try to gain dominance over this situation,” charging documents state.
he was finally placed in custody after a series of resistance.
While the incident is being investigated, Collier will be suspended without pay. The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.
Collier has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.