Loudoun Deputy on Leave After DWI Crash with Medical Transport

A Loudoun County deputy is on paid leave after being charged by the Leesburg Police Department with driving while intoxicated following a crash with an ambulance.

Investigators say Ishmael Haimerl, 26, of Lovettsville, was involved in a July 17 crash. He was driving his private vehicle when he struck a medical transport ambulance and then hit a building. The two staff members and patient in the ambulance were not injured, according to the report.

Haimerl was transported to the hospital, where he was interviewed by Leesburg officers who determined he was impaired and filed the first-offense DWI charge.

Haimerl, who has been released on bail, is scheduled to appear in Loudoun County District Court for trial Sept. 27. As of last week, Haimerl was on paid leave pending an internal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

It was unclear what impact the arrest will have on the deputy’s pending cases. Last week, a DUI charge he filed against a Bluemont man was dismissed by a District Court judge after the prosecutors declined to allow the suspended deputy to testify and the defendant’s attorney objected to a continuance of the case following a previous delay at the commonwealth’s request.

4 thoughts on “Loudoun Deputy on Leave After DWI Crash with Medical Transport

  • 2021-07-26 at 7:01 pm
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    Setting aside the actions of the Deputy…

    Why was the DUI case against the Bluemont man already on a continuance?

    What on earth is going on in the Loudoun CA’s office that they aren’t able to prosecute cases on a timely basis?

  • 2021-07-26 at 7:42 pm
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    Wait a minute! Sheriff “Shifty” Mike Chapman issued a press release that week citing 7 or 8 alcohol related arrests (mostly Drunk in Public) yet failed to mention that an off duty deputy side swiped an ambulance with a patient in it and rang the doorbell of a townhouse with his rear bumper, while intoxicated? He probably was too busy posting puff pieces on his website detailing how wonderful he is. How come we haven’t heard about the other deputy that was arrested for growing marijuana in his basement? Better ramp up the your PR machine and get ahead of things because you have more bad news coming!

  • 2021-07-26 at 9:08 pm
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    I am glad to see that the Loudoun Now didn’t just publish Sheriff Chapman’s press release about the Deputy’s DWI arrest and actually looked into because it was a typical disingenuous statement by Sheriff Chapman. We all realize that no matter hard law enforcement tries to hire the best they still hire humans who sometimes make mistakes. The problem with this incident is Sheriff Chapman’s lack of accountability and integrity when dealing with the public. He always touts his transparency to the public but there are varying degrees of transparency and this is clearly opaque by real world standards.

    The press release that Sheriff Chapman put out only stated that the deputy was arrested for DWI. He clearly omitted the details to minimize the public’s response. As the old saying goes, the cover-up is worse than the crime.

    The deputy’s arrest date was 07-17- 21 the same weekend Sheriff Chapman conducted a sobriety check point and gleefully published the results of how many citizens were arrested. Somehow he couldn’t find the time to release the information about the deputy’s arrest until 6 days later. Sheriff Chapman leaves out of the press release the fact that the deputy struck a parked car and sideswiped an ambulance with a patient on board. Then he struck a residence where it did about $150K in damages to the home. Important details the public has a right to know since Sheriff Chapman routinely publishes similar details when it involves a citizen – just scroll through the archives of this newspaper. Just take the incident with the truck that got stuck in Hillsboro and only caused $40K in damages, Sheriff Chapman had NO problem releasing those specific details.

    The timing of the release is typical Sheriff Chapman to release anything negative on a Friday at the close of business to limit media inquiries. This time Sheriff Chapman had to release it earlier on Friday because he needed to get the information out before the deputy’s information was released in the weekly crime and arrest stats from the Town of Leesburg.

    This is just another example of Leesburg Police Chief Greg Brown still being subservient and under the thumb of his mentor Sheriff Chapman. The crash occurred in the Town of Leesburg with the unique facts of this crash the Leesburg Police Department should have been forthcoming with the details to the public in a timely manner. The Leesburg Police routinely releases the details of crashes involving citizens with similar circumstances,

    It is disturbing that both Sheriff Chapman and Chief Brown have no qualms in releasing citizen’s information but they both delayed the release of officer’s information when they are involved to try to reduce their negative exposure. They wonder WHY people want a citizen review panel. This is emblematic of the way Sheriff Chapman conducts business at the LCSO he talks about transparency but delivers a blurred truth.

    If you think this is just a one off event with Sheriff Chapman, let me inform you of another egregious omission of truth that reinforces the lack of truthfulness from him. While Sheriff Chapman was announcing the drug arrests in Sterling, he forgot to mention that one of his deputies had been arrested in Winchester VA for a drug possession. There was a sealed search warrant related to this matter. That deputy was arrested on 05-18-21 and still no press release from Sheriff Chapman on this arrest, So much for the transparency!!! It didn’t occur in Loudoun no one would notice so why demonstrate integrity?

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