Drunken Woodlawn caregiver charged with neglect, will serve probation

A Woodlawn man will serve two years’ supervised probation for drunkenly taking care of a 23-year-old man with developmental disabilities who required round-the-clock care, according to a release from the Office of the Attorney General.

Duriel Maurice Briggs, 34, of Woodlawn, was convicted of one county of neglect of vulnerable adult in the second degree after pleading guilty in April to an incident from last summer.

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Briggs was a caregiver employed by Creative Options, Inc., an organization that provides supportive services to Marylanders with disabilities, the release states.

The investigation revealed Briggs drove the 23-year-old man around after drinking “a considerable amount of alcohol,” the release states:

The investigation of the case revealed that on June 30, 2013, Briggs, after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol, drove the victim to several destinations and ultimately to Briggs' own Woodlawn apartment. Briggs left the young man alone in the van, went into his apartment and passed out. About two hours later at 2 a.m., a citizen noticed the victim walking alone in the area and provided a cell phone for the victim to notify local police. When Briggs' alcohol level was tested 12 hours later, it was .10 percent. The minimum level for driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland is .08 percent.

"This case shocks the conscious of any compassionate citizen, particularly those who have a vulnerable family member or friend in need of ongoing care," said Attorney General Doug Gansler. "Such reckless abuse has no place in our society and our office will make every effort to protect individuals who require special care." 

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Sherrie R. Bailey sentenced Briggs to the maximum five years in prison, which were all suspended. Briggs will serve two years supervised probation, pending the completion of a 26-week alcohol abuse program.

Briggs is also no longer allowed to work as a caregiver and must abstain from alcohol. He was also ordered to install a alcohol ignition interlock device installed on his vehicle.

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