Dover policeman charged with DUI following hit-and-run

Keith Boris

DOVER — A member of the Dover Police Department is facing driving under the influence and other charges following his role in a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot of McGlynn’s Pub & Restaurant, said Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, spokesman for the Dover police.

Following the hit-and-run incident, Keith Boris was discovered by a witness passed out in the driver’s seat at an intersection near the Delaware Department of Transportation office south of Dover with a young child in the car.

The witness was able to get Mr. Boris and his daughter out of the vehicle and park it before police arrived.

Mr. Boris, who turned himself in to the Dover Police Department, was charged with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child and inattentive driving.

Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey said he was obviously disappointed in the incident.

“To say that I am disappointed in this incident is an understatement,” Mr. Mailey said in a statement. “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.”

The initial hit-and-run accident took place in the McGlynn’s parking lot at 800 North State Street on Thursday afternoon at 4:12.

When police arrived at the scene a witness provided the investigating officer with a Delaware registration number. The officer ran a computer check on the registration and it came back to a vehicle owned by Mr. Boris (26-years-old), who has been an officer with the city of Dover Police Department for one year.

Over the period of three hours, police made several unsuccessful attempts to locate and contact Mr. Boris.

Master Cpl. Hoffman said at around 6:54 p.m., officers responded to Transportation Circle and South Bay Road for a report of a man passed out in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

A person who was with the vehicle told officers it did not move for several light cycles and that he attempted to get the driver’s attention.

The vehicle began to slowly move forward toward the intersection before the driver and young child were removed and the individual was able to safely park it until officers arrived.

Police then discovered that Mr. Boris had picked his daughter up from a daycare shortly after leaving McGlynn’s.

The child was unharmed and taken to her mother.

Dover police conducted a DUI investigation after the incident, collected evidence, gathered further details and notified the Delaware Deputy Attorney General’s Office of Kent County.

Mr. Boris was released on unsecured bond after being arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 and is currently on administrative leave without pay, pending the conclusion of the internal investigation by the Dover Police Department Internal Affairs.

“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,” Chief Mailey said.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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