A county police detective has been charged with drunken driving after his car jumped a curb and narrowly missed a pedestrian Thursday night, Annapolis police said.
Ray Thrift, 47, a 24-year department veteran, also was charged with negligent driving and failing to stop ata red light before a right turn.
County police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said Thrift, who normally works as an investigator for the state's attorney, has been given administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.
Annapolis police said a witness saw a man east on Clay Street near West Washington Street at about 10:30.
"The car jumped a curb striking a no-parking sign," said Annapolis police spokesman Lt. Gary Simpson. "The car continued on the curb nearly hitting a pedestrian."
The witness followed the car as the driver turned right onto Calvert Street and Officer Clark Trott saw the driver make a right onto West Street from Calvert Street without stopping, Simpson said.
Trott stopped him at the intersection of West Street and Lafayette Avenue, Simpson said.
Simpson said Thrift refused to take a Breathalyzer test.