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Md. NRP Charges 2 in Aug. 22 Boating Accident

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Following several months of investigation, Maryland Natural Resource Police have charged two operators involved in an Aug. 22 boating accident on the Magothy River that injured seven people.

Don H. Dwyer Jr., 54 of Pasadena, Md., was charged with a rules of the road violation, which carries a payable fine of $85, failure to obtain annual certificate of number, which carries a payable fine of $85, negligent operation of a vessel which carries a payable fine of $320 and reckless operation of a vessel which carries a payable fine of $450.

Dwyer was also charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol which requires the charged party to appear in court and carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and/or one year in prison for the first offense.

Dwyer's blood alcohol content was .24, which is three times the legal limit, according to police.

Mark Harbin, 52 of Pasadena, Md., is charged with a rules of the rad violation, which carries a payable fine of $85, failure to obtain annual certificate of number which carries a payable fine of $85 and negligent operation of a vessel which carries a payable fine of $320.

Police said both operators contributed to the accident when neither operator adjusted speed nor took the necessary action with ample time to avoid a collision. According to police, the charges were placed after a thorough investigation of witnesses, victims, and operators.

The investigation was reviewed by the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

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