No Charges Yet in Boat Accident Involving Dwyer
Seven people were hospitalized, including state Delegate Don Dwyer, when two boats collided on the Magothy River near Gibson Island last month.
Although it's been more than a month since Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Pasadena) admitted to drinking on the night of a boat crash on the Magothy River, no charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
On the evening of Aug. 22, Dwyer's boat reportedly collided with another boat that had two adults and five children on board near Gibson Island. Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) said seven people were hospitalized, including at least four children.
Key evidence in the case will be the results of a toxicology screen for both boat drivers. Sgt. Brian Albert, a NRP spokesman, confirmed earlier this week that the results aren't in yet.
Patch previously reported that Dwyer held a press conference the day after the crash and acknowledged drinking before operating the vessel.
"It is true that I was drinking while I was operating my boat ... It's also been reported that my blood alcohol content was 0.2," he said during the press conference. "No one, no one should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or power boat. I deeply regret my actions and ask for forgiveness from the public."
Just like driving under the influence, the legal blood alcohol content limit for operating a vessel is 0.08—if Dwyer's was truly 0.2, it was more than twice the legal limit.
Albert previously told Patch via email that "NRP will complete a thorough investigation prior to charges being placed. Also, blood kit analysis usually take approximately 30 days to return results."
The delay in the filing of charges could be due to the ongoing investigation and interviews with witnesses that may not be completed until October, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Penalties in Maryland for being found guilty of boating under the influence could include fines, imprisonment, community service, loss of boating and driving privileges, and counseling for alcohol or substance abuse.