Update: Police Say of FBI Agent Who Crashed Car and Killed Teen: Alcohol and Excessive Speed “Likely Contributors”

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Authorities said Wednesday that a D.C. FBI agent involved in a crash Monday night that killed a teen in suburban D.C. submitted to a breathalyzer test and that alcohol and excessive speed seemed to be “likely contributors.”

Cpl. Henry Tippet, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County police, told ticklethewire.com that  Lawrence Garner, 18, was heading southbound on North Keys Road in Brandywine, Md.,  in a 2002 Hyundai Sonata shortly before 10 p.m. when a northbound car, a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero,  driven by the FBI agent,  crossed the center line and struck Garner.

Garner died and a male passenger in the car was treated at the hospital where he had been listed in stable condition, Tippet said.

The FBI agent was arrested and released around 2:40 a.m., Tippet said.  No charges were filed. Tippet said the matter is under investigation and the state’s attorney’s office will ultimately decide whether to file charges.

Authorities did not release the name of the agent, who recently transferred from the FBI’s Newark Division to Washington.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman at headquarters said: “We are aware of the accident that involved one of our agents that resulted in a fatality and pass along condolences to the family and friends involved in this tragedy.”

The FBI declined to comment on the job status of the agent.

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