County law­maker charged with drunken driv­ing, other of­fenses

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A Prince Ge­orge’s County Coun­cil mem­ber has been charged with drunken driv­ing.

Mary­land State Police say coun­cil mem­ber Mel Franklin crashed a coun­ty­owned ve­hi­cle into a car at a red light on Nov. 21. Two peo­ple in the car he hit were taken to a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of in­juries.

Mr. Franklin later was charged with driv­ing while im­paired and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, among other of­fenses.

Police said he left the scene af­ter the ac­ci­dent. When a trooper found him, he was about 70 yards away and walk­ing back to the scene.

Mr. Franklin is a Demo­crat from Up­per Marlboro who has served on the coun­cil since 2010.

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