NEW: Chief: HPD Officer Charged With DUI Resigned
A Harrisonburg police officer and coordinator of the area's gang task force resigned this morning, about a month after he was charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop in Broadway, said Chief Stephen Monticelli.
Cpl. Bryan Horowitz, 36, was charged with misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor refusing a Breathalyzer test following a stop on May 3.
Horowitz oversaw CHARGE, the Combined Harrisonburg and Rockingham Gang Enforcement task force.
He was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal affairs investigation.
According to the criminal complaint, a Broadway police officer was traveling west on Lee Street when an eastbound vehicle drove by going 52 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The officer, according to the complaint, turned around and saw the car turn right onto Main Street and pull into the Backstage Video parking lot.
"I could see the male driver was getting out of the driver's side and a female getting out of the passenger [side] and attempting to switch places," the officer wrote.
After approaching the pair, the officer states, he smelled alcohol on the driver, who was later identified as Horowitz . The officer also alleges that Horowitz slurred his speech.
"I asked him if he had anything to drink and he did not answer me," the complaint states.
The officer noted in the complaint that an open Corona beer bottle was in the front cup holder.
Horowitz refused to take field sobriety tests, the criminal complaint alleges.
The complaint did not say when the officer arrested Horowitz .
Horowitz, who was booked and released on his own recognizance from Rockingham County Jail, is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Rockingham County General District Court on Monday.
He has hired attorney John Holloran, according to court records.
Lt. Chris Rush, commander of the HPD's criminal investigations division, is leading the gang task force for now. Rush, before being promoted, led CHARGE for several years.
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