Former Cherry Point Commander Facing Military Charges

WITN News has learned that the former commander at Cherry Point is now facing military charges in connection with his drunk driving arrest.

Col. Douglas Denn was relieved of his command shortly after being arrested by Newport police on drunk driving charges in October.

Now the Marine Corps says four charges against Denn are being forwarded to an Article 32 hearing. Among the charges being considered are failure to obey order or regulation (UCMJ Article 92), drunken or reckless operation of a vehicle, aircraft or vessel (UCMJ Article 111), conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman (UCMJ Article 133) and a general article for courts martial (UCMJ Article 134).

The Marine Corps says on Monday Lt. General Dennis Hejlik, Commander of Marine Corps Forces Command appointed Col. Christopher Miner as the Article 32 Investigating Officer. No date or location has yet been set for Denn's hearing.

The Article 32 hearing will determine whether the charges against Denn will go to a court-martial or not.

Just yesterday Denn's civilian court date was continued for a second time until March.

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