Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin has requested a jury trial on drunken driving and other related traffic charges connected to a November crash that wrecked a government car and left two injured.
Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) was scheduled to appear in Prince George’s County District Court on Monday, but his request moves the case to the county’s circuit court, where he will receive a trial date.
His lawyer appeared at Monday’s hearing briefly to inform the judge of the request for a jury trial. She declined to comment after the hearing.
Franklin was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 21 after he rear-ended a car stopped at a traffic light around Pennsylvania Avenue and Dower House Road. A police report obtained by The Washington Post showed Franklin’s blood alcohol concentration measured 0.10 after a breath test, above the minimum concentration of 0.08 required to support a DUI charge in Maryland.
Franklin was not injured but two people in the car he struck suffered injuries and were taken to a hospital, according to police.