At a news conference Friday evening, authorities say Officer Brennan Rabain reached a speed of 106 miles per hour at one point as he attempted to conduct a traffic stop the morning of March 7 while driving his girlfriend home. When he lost control on Greenbelt Road, he was going 64 miles an hour. At the time of impact, the cruiser was traveling 50 miles per hour, according to police.
According to the toxicology report, the 26-year-old's blood alcohol concentration was .07. Under Maryland law, that could lead to a charge of driving while impaired. However, authorities say there is no indication that alcohol was the primary cause of the crash.
"I do not condone POFC Rabain's decision to drive after consuming any amount of alcohol. While we will never know precisely what role alcohol played in this crash, the outcome is tragic. The excessive speed cannot be ignored either. But we do know that in the final moments of his life, this young officer was committed to protecting the people of Prince George's County," said Chief Mark Magaw.
The in-car police radio revealed the officer changed the channel at 3:19 a.m. to the local police district in which he was driving. Investigators say he did that to call in the pending traffic stop, but that never happened. The first 911 call reporting the accident came in two minutes later.