Virginia Beach police officer Bryan Womble, the officer who charged retired NFL star Bruce Smith with driving under the influence, is awaiting his own trial for a DUI charge in addition to a hit-and-run charge, which is set to begin in September.
On June 20, Womble was charged with DUI after the Mitsubishi he was driving collided with another car on Pacific Avenue while he was off-duty, according to court records. Records show that he failed three of the four sobriety tests conducted and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.
Womble’s case was continued on the morning of July 27 when his attorney told a judge that he required more time to examine the evidence.
Since Womble’s arrest, he has been placed on administrative duty. When he testified at Smith’s July 9 trial, he was wearing a dark suit rather than his police uniform.
Smith, who was convicted on charges of speeding, DUI, and refusal to submit to a breath test, has filed an appeal and a new trial is set to begin in Circuit Court on August 27.
Womble is one of eight police officers in Virginia Beach who specialize in enforcing drunken-driving laws.