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Loudoun sheriff’s deputy charged with DWI

A Loudoun County Sheriff’s detective was charged Saturday with driving while intoxicated and placed on administrative leave, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The detective, an undercover member of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division, struck two parked vehicles near the Lansdowne Town Center around 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 10, according to the statement by the Sheriff’s Office.

The detective was driving his personal vehicle at the time, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Office declined to name the officer, citing safety concerns regarding his involvement in ongoing criminal investigations.

“We hold our deputies to the highest standards and respect due process. We must allow the criminal justice system and an internal investigation to take its course regarding this matter,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman in the statement. “The deputies who responded to this incident took the appropriate action and we are thankful for their dedication to this agency and to Loudoun County.”

The detective, a 10-year member of the agency, was taken into custody at the scene. He has since been placed on paid administrative leave, authorities said.

Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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