ROCKVILLE, Md. – A suburban Maryland police chief says "there's little chance of real justice" in the death of an officer who was hit by a suspected drunken driver.
An angry Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said Thursday that "Maryland has some of the weakest penalties in the nation for drunk drivers."
Twenty-four-year-old Officer Noah Leotta died Thursday at a hospital. He was hit during a traffic stop last week while working on a drunken-driving task force.
The case is still under investigation and the driver has not yet been charged. But Manger said that the driver had been arrested twice before for driving under the influence.
Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said Thursday that he understands Manger's frustration. He says prosecutors will pursue the case based on the evidence.