A County Delegate from Anne Arundel County found himself in hot water this
week after he was arrested for
DWI. This arrest comes almost exactly one year after he was involved in a
boat crash, which was also found to be alcohol related.
The man was stopped in the early morning hours on Tuesday, after police
officers observed him driving erratically. The arresting officer noted
that his eyes seemed to have trouble focusing, and his speech was impaired.
Police administered three field sobriety tests, all of which the man apparently
failed. Police also noted that he was driving with an expired license.
The man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, as well
as several unspecified traffic offenses. The County Delegate has a well-publicized
history of intoxicated driving; one year ago, he was involved in a boat
crash that injured seven people. Though he has pleaded guilty to boating
while intoxicated, he is appealing the judge’s decision that he
should serve one year of jail time. The next hearing in that case takes
place in October.
It is important to remember, however, that the man’s history of operating
a vehicle under the influence of alcohol has no effect on the determination
of his innocence or guilt. Furthermore, it’s important to remember
that the man is innocent of this DWI charge until he is proven guilty;
and he has not yet had his day in court.
As a politician, this man’s reputation is undoubtedly very important
to him, and indeed the damage to one’s reputation is one of the
“unwritten” penalties for drunk driving. Those who are facing
DWI charges should therefore consider speaking to their attorneys about
defending themselves and their reputations in court.
WBAL Radio, “Dwyer Arrested on DUI Charges; Arrest Comes Two Days after Fight With Neighbor” Robert Lang, Aug. 20, 2013