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Dwyer Charged in August Boat Accident

Charges were filed in the August boat accident on the Magothy River involving state Delegate Don Dwyer in Anne Arundel County.

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.)—Two people, including Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Pasadena), will face charges in the Aug. 22 boat accident on the Magothy River, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP).

The day after the incident, Dwyer admitted to drinking on the night of the boat crash that injured seven people—including children. NRP charged Dwyer with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, which requires him to appear in court and carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and/or one year in prison for the first offense.

NRP said in a press release both operators "contributed to the accident when neither operator adjusted speed nor took the necessary action with ample time to avoid a collision."

Despite a report that said Dwyer's blood alcohol content was 0.2, NRP had to wait for confirmation from the blood analysis kit and conduct a thorough investigation. NRP said Dwyer’s official blood alcohol content was 0.24—three times the limit of 0.08.

Dwyer, 54, was charged with:

  • Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol
  • Rules of the Road violation (fine of $85)
  • Failure to obtain annual certificate of number (fine of $85)
  • Negligent operation of a vessel (fine of $320)
  • Reckless operation of a vessel (fine of $450)

Also charged in the incident was Mark Harbin, 52, of Pasadena. He was charged with:

  • Rules of the Road violation (fine of $85)
  • Failure to obtain annual certificate of number (fine of $85)
  • Negligent operation of a vessel (fine of $320)

NRP said charges were placed after an investigation was reviewed by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.

See more:

  • Police Still Interviewing Witnesses in Boat Accident
  • No Charges Yet in Boat Accident Involving Dwyer
  • Dwyer Thanks Supporters on Facebook After Boat Crash
  • BLOG: What Should Dwyer Do Now?
  • Republican Central Committee Releases Statement on Boat Crash
  • Dwyer Admits Drinking Before Boat Crash
  • UPDATE: Multiple People Hospitalized After Boat Accident
Mark Patro December 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
sign the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/michael-e-busch-remove-delegate-don-dwyer-for-driving-a-boat-while-intoxicated
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Aka- petition to get back a Dwyer for daring to oppose SSM.
Robert McCullough December 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
And the little girl that aas seriously injured?
Mark Patro December 21, 2012 at 02:22 PM
he should be more responsible if he wants to hold a position of public trust. People got injured for this "alleged" act of recklessness.
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Yes, all politicians should be held to a higher standard. I just have a problem in the people's republic of Maryland where only Republicans are held to the higher standard.
Mark Patro December 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Maybe you should consider this list: Del. Tiffany Alston's – Democrat Senator Ulysses Currie – Democrat Marvin Mandel– Democrat Major Sheila Dixon– Democrat or maybe you should move to another state...
Steve December 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM
His Man Pal that was with him is a cop. Why'd he let him get so drunk and drive?
number9dream December 22, 2012 at 01:53 AM
@Mark Patro How many signatures did you gather to have the politicians you listed removed from office?
nancy j December 23, 2012 at 02:17 AM
The little girl that was injured is still dealing with the fallout of her "moderate brain injury with cmplicatons" as is her family, thank you for asking Robert. Also, thanks Steve for reminding that his pal was a cop....a cop that ran and hid!! Absolutely disgusting ... while Dwyer asks for forgiveness from "his constituents"! What about from our family?
Amy Leahy December 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This is why we have elections, Mark. If his constituents don't want him representing them, they can vote him out.
Dena December 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Steve - that is what I would like to know. that guy was drunk too and when he got to shore, he ran and hid instead of helping out the children. sickening ;(
Corey December 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
He'll stay in office with a minor slap on the hand till he's 70. That's our government!
Tee Vee December 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I agree, he broke the law, was extremely negligent, and he should be removed from office. Someone could have been killed and children suffered. How many times did it happen before (drunk boating) where he didn't get caught? If politicians have to resign because of having an affair...this goes way beyond that...get him out!
Mark Patro December 27, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Amy, did you read this ballot question when you voted this past November: Question 3 Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 147 of the 2012 Legislative Session) Suspension and Removal of Elected Officials (Amending Article XV, Section 2 of the Maryland Constitution) Changes the point at which an elected official charged with certain crimes is automatically suspended or removed from office. Under existing law, an elected official who is convicted or pleads no contest is suspended and is removed only when the conviction becomes final. Under the amended law, an elected official is suspended when found guilty and is removed when the conviction becomes final or when the elected official pleads guilty or no contest. just in case you missed it, it passed
Amy Leahy January 03, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Mark, then why your petition? Let the legal system "take care of it".
Mark Patro January 14, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Dwyer claims Marriage Equality vote made him drink according to Towel road article: http://www.towleroad.com/2013/01/anti-gay-maryland-lawmaker-gay-marriage-vote-made-me-drink.html
Edie McGee January 14, 2013 at 06:54 PM
And Sequestration made me eat that extra slice of cheesecake.... Lame, lame, lame!
number9dream January 16, 2013 at 05:28 PM
@Mark Patro I never got an answer to my question of December 21.

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