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Off-Duty O.C. Police Officer Charged in DUI Crash

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12/12/2007 2:49 PM ET

OCEAN CITY, Md.- An off-duty Ocean City police officer is facing DUI and related charges following a Wednesday morning single-vehicle crash in Delaware.

Ocean City police say Officer Wilbur Thomas Jesson was driving on Route 113 near Georgetown, Del., shortly before 1 a.m., when his vehicle left the roadway, struck road signs and became disabled.  Delaware State Police responded to the crash scene and believed Jesson to be under the influence of alcohol.  

He was taken into custody and charged with DUI.  Jesson was later released to another Ocean City police officer. 

According to Ocean City police, Jesson left a Delaware restaurant around 1 a.m. after attending a Christmas party sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police. 

Ocean City Police Cpl. Glen McIntyre, president of the Ocean City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 10, said a ride was provided for Jesson. McIntyre said he did not know why Jesson still got behind the wheel after drinking.

"We made accommodations for him after we recognized he had too much to drink last night," said Cpl. McIntyre.  "We secured a ride home for him, which he initially agreed to, but he later left without anyone's knowledge."

Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino suspended Jesson, who graduated from the police academy in June.  Police say he has been with the department less than a year. 

An administrative hearing within the Ocean City Police Department is expected tol occur within the next few days.  DiPino did not speculate on Jesson's future with the department, but noted that he would face the appropriate charges in a Delaware court.

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