Officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force have been devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season. During this past week’s Task Force, officers arrested 45 people for driving under the influence of alcohol. Also during this time, there were two incidents where impaired drivers crashed into police cruisers, one of which took place in Germantown. Fortunately, no one was injured in either case.
On Sunday, December 11 at approximately 3:39 am, a Holiday Alcohol Task Force officer from the Gaithersburg Police Department was responding to a call from a resident who was reporting a possible impaired driver operating a Ford Focus in the area of Great Seneca Highway and Longdraft Road in Gaithersburg.
The Task Force officer located the vehicle making a right turn onto Mateny Road in Germantown and crossing the center line into oncoming traffic. The motorist then crossed back over the center line and struck a curb and center median as the officer turned on his patrol car’s emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop. The Focus increased its speed and traveled approximately 20 yards, rear-ending a parked car. The operator continued to press the accelerator, causing the wheels to spin as the vehicle had driven into the parked vehicle.
The driver placed the Focus in reverse, accelerated, and struck the officer’s unoccupied patrol car. He then placed the car back in drive and collided with a curb in the area of Mateny Road and Cinnamon Drive. He was removed from the vehicle by officers as he continued to apply the gas.
Police identified the driver as Delio Severo Hilario-Millan, age 49, of the 4500 block of Adrian Street in Rockville was arrested and charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and other traffic-related offenses. He consented to a breath test which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of (.18). The legal BAC limit is (.08) in Maryland.
In another incident earlier that same night in the area of Georgia Avenue and Dennis Avenue in Silver Spring, patrol officers were working on an impaired-driver traffic stop at about 2:41 am, when another car sideswiped a patrol car and fled the scene. The striking car was a Toyota Camry, which was immediately followed by an officer from the Holiday Task Force.
The officer found the Camry in the area of Georgia Avenue and Forest Glen Road and initiated a traffic stop. The officer approached the driver and told him to place the car in park. The driver placed the vehicle in reverse and the Camry collided with the officer’s unoccupied patrol car. Hector Orlando Romero Romero, age 23, of 15th Avenue in Hyattsville, was arrested and charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and other traffic-related offenses. He consented to a breath test which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of (.19). The legal BAC limit is (.08) in Maryland.
The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force arrested 45 individuals for DUI, issued one Civil Alcohol Citation to an adult for possession of alcohol under the age of 21, and issued eight criminal citations to adults for selling alcohol to a minor in a business.
The Holiday Task Force has been more effective each week since the beginning of the Holiday Task Force enforcement on November 16. The first week, officers made 22 DUI arrests countywide. In the second week that total jumped to 30 DUI arrests. In the third week the Task Force made 39 arrests, last week the total jumped to 45. Thus far during the 2016 holiday season, the Task Force has arrested 136 drunk drivers on Montgomery County roads.
The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from the Gaithersburg City Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department (Montgomery County Division), Maryland State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Takoma Park Police Department, will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season. The task force began on November 16 and will continue through January 7, 2017.