FBI Agent Suspected in Maryland Fatal Car Wreck Identified
Posted on Mar 20, 2011
Prince George's County News
Police have identified the suspect in a fatal February 7 car crash as Adrian Norbell Johnson, 37.
Johnson is an FBI agent who recently moved to Washington, D.C. for an assignment as security detail to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Prince George's County police arrested Johnson following a fatal car crash on North Keys Road in Brandywine, Md.
Eighteen-year-old Lawrence Garner, Jr. was leaving a friend's house when the car he was driving was broadsided by Johnson's SUV. Garner was rushed to the hospital along with one of his passengers, Robert Mitchell II. The accident brought with it some unfortunate Southern Maryland news- Garner died at the hospital; Mitchell remained in critical condition three days later.
A former volunteer firefighter for the county told news reporters that he had called 911 only minutes before the Brandywine car crash to report a drunk driver speeding down a nearby road.
Johnson is suspected of drunk driving and speeding at the time of the accident. His blood alcohol level shortly after the crash registered a .25, more than three times the state legal limit of .08.
Local law officials say that much alcohol could impair speech, the ability to walk or stand, and certainly one's skill as a driver.
Federal law officials say Johnson was off-duty at the time of the crash and driving his own vehicle. He has been an FBI agent for six years and was still in training for his new security assignment. Johnson has been suspended from work pending an investigation into the crash.
Following state procedure, Prince George's County police turned over the investigation to the State Attorney's Office. No charges will be filed until a formal investigation is complete, a process that could take three to six months.
Johnson could be charged with vehicular manslaughter if the State Attorney's Office finds sufficient evidence to prosecute him.
The Maryland auto accident lawyers at Nickelsporn & Lundin offer our condolences to the family of Lawrence Garner, Jr. and hope for the speedy recovery of Robert Mitchell II.