A veteran Baltimore City Police officer is charged with drunken driving after he crashed the car he was driving, with his two children inside, into a parked car in May.

Shawn Byron Johnson, 40, of the 1400 block of Monroe Street in West York, is charged with two counts each of DUI and endangering the welfare of a child, according to his charging documents.

He was released on his own recognizance after he was processed at central booking, according to court documents.

Northern York County Regional Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Detwiler Drive in Manchester Township about 9:30 p.m. May 24 for a crash involving a 2008 Honda Accord, which Johnson was driving, and a parked Hyundai, charging documents state.

A large black pillar was also damaged in the crash, which caused severe front-end damage to the Honda.

Swaying: At the scene, an officer approached Johnson, who was swaying from side to side and had a strong order of alcohol coming from him, the documents state.

When the officer identified himself, Johnson, who was slurring his speech and had red, glassy eyes, pulled out his wallet and showed his Baltimore City Police identification card, documents state.

The officer told Johnson to walk to the rear of the car for a field sobriety test, but Johnson said, "Just take me in. I'm over." He started one of the tests but refused to continue.

Johnson also told police he was an officer in Baltimore for 19 years.


A Baltimore City Police spokesman confirmed Johnson is an officer with the department but is currently suspended. The department is also conducting an investigation, the spokesman said.

Johnson's attorney, Chris Ferro, did not return calls for comment Monday night.

Johnson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.276, documents state. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is 0.08.

Children: Police found Johnson's two children, ages 10 and 7, uninjured in the back seat of the car, documents state.

Johnson's ex-wife arrived on the scene to pick up the children. While there, she told police that she and Johnson had eaten dinner and that "he drank three small mixed drinks at her house before taking the children and traveling home."

She added that she didn't think Johnson was intoxicated.

Johnson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 11 before District Judge Margaret Bria.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.