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Suspicion of DUI leads to drugs, weapons charges for teacher

Sometimes, a traffic stop can lead to a host of criminal charges. A Maryland physical education teacher learned that the hard way earlier this month.

The 58-year-old man, who teaches at Leonardtown High School in St. Mary's County, attracted the attention of a Maryland State Police (MSP) trooper shortly after midnight on Jan. 16 on Route 301. The trooper noticed a pickup truck sitting in a turn lane.

When he approached the driver to find out what was going on, the man told him he had been checking his phone. The trooper says that the driver showed signs of intoxication and smelled like alcohol. He reportedly told the trooper he'd had only one drink. However, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) on the Breathalyzer test allegedly measured .12.

When the man was searched after being taken into custody and transported to an MSP barrack, a trooper allegedly found a handgun holster that was empty and a small bag of a substance that authorities believed to be cocaine. Another trooper then searched the man's vehicle and allegedly found a loaded Glock 22 handgun.

The man, who lives in Issue, is now facing weapons and drug charges. He's been released from jail on bond and is due in court in March. The school district has not publicly said what his current status is with the school.

Drunk driving charges, not to mention other criminal charges, can seriously impact -- and permanently derail -- a person's career. Of course, a DUI conviction can also result in jail time, fines and a driver's license suspension. That's why it's wise to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can scrutinize the arrest and the evidence against you as they represent you in court.

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