Montgomery County

Leon Harris Involved in Car Crash, Charged with DUI

Harris faces nine charges following the crash.

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Leon Harris, an anchor at News4, was arrested and charged with DUI Saturday following a car crash in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Harris was driving along Bradley Boulevard near River Road when his vehicle rear-ended another car, a Montgomery County police report said. The vehicle that police said Harris' car struck then collided with a third car.

No one was seriously injured, police said.

When officers arrived, Harris tried to leave the scene but was stopped by police, according to the police report.

Harris failed a field sobriety test, police said. The arrest report said officers conducted a breathalyzer test and that Harris' result was twice the legal limit of .08% BAC.

"I have decided to take some time away to deal with an issue that took me a long time to accept. I am thankful to everyone for their support and understanding. I’m sorry to those I have hurt or let down. I hope to return as a healthier person," Harris said in a statement provided to NBC4 on Feb. 7.

Harris faces a total of nine charges including driving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (DWI); driving vehicle while impaired by alcohol (DUI); attempt by driver to elude police in official police vehicle by failing to stop; and failure to control vehicle speed on highway to avoid collision.

Court records show Harris pleaded guilty in 2013 to driving vehicle while impaired by alcohol. He was pulled over by a Maryland State Police trooper along I-270 at Route 28. Harris was given probation before judgement in that incident, according to court records.

Harris will not appear on-air as the investigation continues.

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