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Maryland DNR’s Lt. Col. Ernest Leatherbury Jr Arrested for DUI

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Deputy Superintendent of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Lt. Col. Ernest Leatherbury Jr, resigned Tuesday following being charged on Saturday Night with charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and negligent driving. Lt. Col. Ernest Leatherbury Jr., a retired Maryland State Police commander, was second in command at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.

On Saturday Night, April 17, 2021, Ernest Leatherbury Jr had stopped his departmentally issued Chevrolet Tahoe Patrol vehicle at a red light, and then backed the vehicle up into another vehicle on eastbound Route 50 at Route 707 in Berlin, Maryland.

The driver of the vehicle that was backed into, called the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack and reported to them that the SUV was leaving the scene. The caller followed Ernest Leatherbury Jr from behind while on the phone with the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack.

Maryland State Police Troopers located Leatherbury and his vehicle in a parking lot off Rt 113. While speaking with Leatherbury, troopers detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage, which caused them to begin an impaired driving investigation. Due to the findings of their investigation, Leatherbury was placed under arrest and transported to the Berlin Barrack for processing.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police confirmed that they had been notified about 10 p.m. of the arrest. Since that time, Leatherbury has issued his resignation, effective immediately, following an emergency suspension pending an internal investigation.

At this time, there is no information on the Maryland Judicial Case Search and a court date has not been set for Leatherbury. Leatherbury’s court appearance should be updated within the week and a court date should be provided at that time.

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