Pasadena Man Sentenced to 10 Days for DUI

Zachary Adam Covington, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in a fatal 2011 crash, was back in court last week.

A Pasadena man will serve 10 days in jail after he pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence (DUI) two months after he was involved in a fatal crash last year.

Court records indicate that Zachary Adam Covington, 26, of the 8000 block of Hadfield Court in Pasadena, was in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Thursday for a DUI incident that took place on Jan. 19.

Covington was found guilty and sentenced to the maximum one year in prison—with all suspended but 10 days. He will serve his 10 days on five weekends beginning Oct. 19, according to online court records.

According to The Capital, Covington registered a 0.09 blood-alcohol content level, slightly more than the legal intoxication limit of 0.08.

Although this was Covington's first DUI conviction, he was acquitted of a negligent manslaughter charge in connection to a crash that occurred on Route 100 in Glen Burnie in November 2011.

According to police, Covington was driving a BMW in the westbound Route 100 turn lane for Quarterfield Road at about 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2011, when he cut off several drivers. Covington's car struck the back left side of a Ford F-150 truck and then hit the back of a Nissan Sentra, police said. The Sentra was driven by a 66-year old Fort Washington man, John Frederick Cornelius, who later died from his injuries.

Court records show Covington was acquitted in September of manslaughter in the 2011 incident, but was found guilty of negligent driving that included unsafe lane changes, unsafe passing and speeding. He was fined the maximum penalty of $500.

See more:

  • Pasadena Man Faces Manslaughter Charges
  • Fort Washington Man Dies in Fatal Glen Burnie Accident
BudHM October 15, 2012 at 06:47 PM
This is totally outrageous!! $500 and 10 (weekend) days in jail....after taking someone's life? How was he acquitted in this? I just feel bewildered after reading this. A person lost their life....because of this Covington person. This basically tells people it's ok to drink and recklessly drive because all you need is $500 and a few free weekends to spare - who cares if someone dies!!!!! That's crazy!!!
ConcernedDenaResident October 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Are you effin kidding me? This is absolutely disgusting! Maryland laws for impaired drivers need to change NOW!!!! ESPECIALLY when a life is lost. This makes me sick. I hope this judge rots in hell and a drunk driver takes the life of his loved one!
pat mayo October 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM
You have got to be kidding!!! What is wrong with these judges. The court system needs a good overhaul. I have no respect for judges or the court system. This makes me sick.
C King October 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This is disgusting. We have laws on the books idiot Judges have decided they can re-write and re-interpret as they see fit. How many people have to die?


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