Republican’s edge surprises pollsters
general election. It hasn’t mattered.
Opinion writers have criticized his decision to kill Baltimore’s planned Red Line light rail. No effect.
A pro-Jealous political action committee has taken to the TV airwaves to run attack ads. No change.
In poll after poll, Hogan has led by an average of 18 percentage points over Jealous — in a state where Hillary Clinton easily defeated Donald Trump by nearly 30 points and Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1. Even before the June primary that nominated Jealous, pollsters asked Ben Jealous is hopeful a wave of support isn’t reflected in the polls. Pollsters say Gov. Larry Hogan’s lead is a sign of voter satisfaction.
Until the realization that Worsley was an officer, “it was like any other accident where a tow truck was called,” Richman said. “The judge’s point was: You can’t conduct another traffic stop on someone simply because they’re a police officer. It’s not a crime to get into an accident.”
The State’s Attorney’s Office maintained it had “substantial” evidence that Worsley was driving intoxicated, even without the breath test being introduced. And prosecutors pressed forward with an argument that Worsley had hit multiple parked cars, despite police not finding evidence of other damaged vehicles.
“In the interest of public safety our office takes driving while intoxicated cases seriously and will always pursue justice equally and fairly no matter the occupation of the defendant,” they said in a statement.
Richman said, to the contrary, his client was treated differently because he was an officer.
The Police Department did not respond to questions about Worsley’s status in the department.
Body camera footage from the July 14 stop in the 1100 block of Argonne Drive shows Worsley appearing disoriented as a patrol officer, Jarred Carlos, tries to ascertain what happened to his damaged rental vehicle, which is later determined to be a city police car. The right front tire is broken off, with scratches and other damage on the side.
It’s just after 4 a.m., and Worsley says little about the circumstances of the crash. He identifies himself only as a “city employee,” and repeatedly says, “Just give me one second.” “I wasn’t in an accident,” Worsley says. “Your car is heavily damaged from hitting something. That didn’t just happen,” Carlos says. Sgt. Larry Worsley points to his car in police body cam video. Worsley was acquitted of a charge of driving under the influence.
Worsley says he is calling a “supervisor,” who was later revealed to be Col. Byron Conaway, the head of the criminal investigations division.
“Obviously something is wrong with you. I don’t know what it is. Did you take something? … Your pupils are dilated,” Carlos says.
But Carlos doesn’t administer a field sobriety test, later explaining he didn’t smell alcohol and thought Worsley could have been woozy from the accident.
Carlos decides to have the vehicle towed and let Worsley be taken home.
Forty minutes into the encounter, Worsley is leaving when Carlos realizes Worsley is an officer. He waves the car to the side of the road. He detains Worsley again, sparking new scrutiny and additional officers arriving on scene.
Prosecutors said that under Maryland law, law enforcement must conduct a blood alcohol content test within two hours following apprehension of a suspected drunken driver. “Unfortunately, the Baltimore Police Department conducted Sgt. Worsley’s test approximately 3 hours after his apprehension,” prosecutors said in a statement.
The body camera footage shows that officers discussing what to do with Worsley are aware that the two-hour time frame is closing quickly. “The problem we’re going to run into is the two-hour time limit,” a female officer says after voicing support for having Worsley take a breath test. “We can still do it, and he can still refuse, and then we just go from there,” a male officer says. “Let’s just do that.”
Richman disputed the prosecutors’ assertion that they were legally unable to introduce the breath test. “The prosecution's statement regarding the time of apprehension and the automatic exclusion of a breath test result after two hours is about as legally correct as their previous statement that there is a legal limit in Maryland,” Richman said in a followup email.