ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — An off-duty Howard County police officer has been charged with drunken driving.

Officer Austin George has been suspended with pay following the arrest, which police say occurred around 2:20 a.m. in Ellicott City.

Police say a county officer watched a car drift in the roadway and stop on the side of Rogers Avenue. Police say the driver, identified as George, showed signs of intoxication. He was charged with driving under the influence and released to be driven home by a sober driver.

Police chief William McMahon says in a statement that officers are held to the same expectations as the rest of the community. George is a 2-year veteran of the department.

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