Keith Boris is on leave without pay while the investigation continues. Chief Marvin Mailey stated “To say that I am disappointed in this incident is an understatement."
A Dover police officer has been charged with DUI and other related offenses for an incident Jan. 11.
At 4:12 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot of McGlynn’s, located at 800 North Dupont Highway for a hit and run accident. Upon arrival, a witness provided the investigating officer with a Delaware registration number. The investigating officer ran a computer check on the registration and it came back to a vehicle owned by Keith Boris, 26, a one-year officer with the Dover Police Department. Over the period of three hours, several attempts were made to locate and contact Boris without success.
At approximately 6:54 p.m. officers responded to Transportation Circle and South Bay Road for a report of a black male passed out in the driver seat of the vehicle. A person who was with the vehicle observed it did not move for several light cycles and attempted to get the driver’s attention. The vehicle began to slowly move forward toward the intersection, when the driver was able to be removed from the vehicle and the individual was able to safely park the vehicle until officers arrived. It was then learned that Boris had his young child in the vehicle at the time, having picked her up from a daycare shortly after leaving McGlynn’s. The child was unharmed and custody was given to the mother.
The Dover Police Department conducted a DUI investigation after the incident, collecting evidence, gathering further details into the incident and notifying the Delaware Deputy Attorney General’s Office of Kent County. At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, Boris turned himself in to the Dover Police Department and was charged with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child and inattentive driving.
Boris was released on unsecured bond after being arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court #7 and is currently on administrative leave without pay pending the conclusion of the internal investigation by the Dover Police Department Internal Affairs.
In a prepared statement, Chief Marvin Mailey stated “To say that I am disappointed in this incident is an understatement. As police officers, we too often see the tragedies that operating a vehicle under the influence of any substance can cause. Despite the gravity of this issue, I am thankful that the reckless actions of this individual did not harm anyone on Thursday evening. This incident falls far short of the standard we expect from the employees of the Dover Police Department. We will continue to address this matter with the seriousness it deserves and be as transparent as allowed by Delaware law with the ongoing investigation.”