Maryland Deputy Suspended, Accused of Drunk Driving Crash

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A Prince George's County sheriff's deputy has been suspended and is facing drunk-driving charges after investigators say she injured someone in a crash while driving a sheriff's vehicle. 

Deputy First Class Maria E. Mejia-Paz has been charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, failure to control speed to avoid collision and reckless driving, among other related charges, the sheriff's office said Friday.

Mejia-Paz was off-duty but driving a sheriff's car when she struck another vehicle in July, spokeswoman Sharon Taylor said.

The other car's driver was taken to a hospital and released with minor injuries.

Mejia-Paz was put on emergency suspension immediately following the crash and an internal investigation was launched, news outlets report.

It's unclear whether Mejia-Paz has an attorney who can comment on her behalf.

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