A Newport Beach police officer accused of recklessly discharging a gun while off-duty was exonerated Wednesday when a felony charge against him was dismissed, his attorney said.

Roland Martin Stucken, 33, of Newport Beach, was actually the victim of a crime himself as there was “very persuasive” evidence that he had been drugged before the incident, said defense attorney John Barnett.

Stucken had been charged in September 2017 with a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, but that was dismissed on Wednesday at a hearing at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The gunfire occurred May 22, 2017, after Stucken left a bar in San Clemente with a woman, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The two rode an Uber to the woman’s neighborhood, and Stucken allegedly fired multiple rounds from his personal gun, prosecutors said.

Someone at the restaurant dosed Stucken with rohypnol, a date-rape drug, Barnett said.

“There’s very strong evidence that was given rohypnol where he was at dinner, very strong evidence that he was dosed,” Barnett said.

It’s unknown who would have dosed the officer, Barnett said.

“There’s very strong, persuasive evidence that he was involuntarily intoxicated — so strong that the case got dismissed,” Barnett said.

Rohypnol is a “fast-acting, non-detectable drug, which renders the person walking, but unconscious of their activities,” Barnett said.

Stucken was placed on administrative leave after the incident, Barnett said.

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