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A county police officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing his marked police cruiser in Bladensburg Saturday, according to county police.

Officer First Class Daniel Gonzalez, 38, was off duty when he crashed his vehicle at the intersection of Route 1 and Tanglewood Drive around 5:15 a.m., according to Prince George’s County police.

There were no injuries and the police cruiser was the only vehicle involved in the crash, though the responding county police officer suspected that Gonzalez was under the influence of alcohol, county police said.

A county police news release states that a breathalyzer test was administered and it showed an alcohol level of .13. Maryland DUI laws state that the legal limit for alcohol is .08. Gonzalez was charged with the DUI and released.

The six-year veteran is a patrol officer assigned to District 1, which includes Hyattsville, Bladensburg, College Park, Laurel and other areas in northern Prince George’s County.

The Prince George’s County Police department’s special investigation response team is investigating the incident and collecting any data that may be used as evidence in the case. The county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will also review the case.

Online Prince George’s County District Court records do not list Gonzalez’s charges as of Sunday.

djgross@gazette.net