Balto. County police captain accused of DWI in Virginia


A Baltimore County Police Department captain was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday after he was stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia.

Lucy Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, said Capt. John A. Spiroff was driving north about 1:30 a.m. in Prince William County when he was pulled over for "suspicion of DWI." Caldwell said she did not know any other details of the incident or Spiroff's blood-alcohol content when he was stopped.

At the time of his arrest, Spiroff was commander of the Wilkens Precinct. He is credited with implementing a two-year program that drastically reduced crime in the Winters Lane neighborhood of Catonsville.

Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said Spiroff has been temporarily removed as Wilkens Precinct commander and assigned to "administrative duties" in the office of the major for the western half of the county. Spiroff's police powers have been suspended.

Lt. Regina A. Ecker has been named acting Wilkens Precinct commander.

Toohey said Spiroff was on a "personal trip" and driving his own car at the time of his arrest. The department's Internal Affairs Section will investigate the incident after legal proceedings in Virginia conclude.

"The circumstances will determine the outcome," Toohey said.

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