Prince George’s cop suspended after DUI charge

A Prince George’s County police officer has been suspended after he reportedly lost control of his unmarked police cruiser and was charged with driving under the influence in Virginia, authorities said.

Prince George’s police said Cpl. Rodney Lewis was seriously injured Friday at about 2:45 a.m. when his car hit a wall on Interstate 495 near the American Legion Memorial Bridge in Fairfax. Lewis was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive the crash. He was still in the hospital as of Saturday evening, said Julie Parker, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman.

Lewis was not on duty at the time or working as a law enforcement official when he was charged, police said.

Lewis did not take an on-scene breathalyzer test, and no one else was involved in the accident, Parker said.

The 12-year veteran of the department was suspended Friday with pay, and the police department is investigating the matter, authorities said.

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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