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 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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