Former Anne Arundel Officer Gets 18 Months

| July 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Drunk Cop Left Scene Of Fatal Accident

Antonio Martinez, 28 killed by drunk off duty officer

Antonio Martinez, 28 killed by drunk off duty officer

An Anne Arundel County police officer was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for drunk driving and leaving the scene of a fatal accident in Harford County in January 2008. Hall resigned from the Anne Arundel County Police Department in April 2009.

Officer Dane Hall,  pleaded guilty to DUI charges and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Hall admitted that he was driving under the influence after a party and rear-ended a vehicle on I-95 killing Antonio Martinez of Baltimore. Two other people inside the vehicle were seriously injured.

Investigators claim that Hall was at a party after a shift change in Anne Arundel playing beer pong and was supposed to spend the night. Instead, Hall drove home to Cecil County at 4:30 am.  According to the police report, Hall got out of the vehicle at the scene of the crash and then took off.

In court, Hall apologized to the family, “I don’t know what happened. I dozed off before impact, and it was a huge mistake not to stay and investigate further.”

Hall was remanded to the Harford County Detention Center, where he will serve his 18 months. Upon his release, he will be placed on home detention for two years. Prosecutors had asked for his sentence to be seven years in prison.

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