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Md. Lawmaker Faces Drunken Driving Charge

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Rep. Don Dwyer Rep. Don Dwyer

PASADENA, Md. (AP/WBOC)- A Maryland lawmaker awaiting sentencing on a drunken boating charge was charged Tuesday with driving while impaired after a police officer observed him committing multiple traffic violations, authorities said.
 
Del. Don Dwyer, R-Anne Arundel, was charged with driving while impaired and other traffic offenses, Anne Arundel County police said. Dwyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment. His attorney, David Fischer, declined to comment.
 
Dwyer's driving was so erratic and presented such a danger that an Anne Arundel County police officer pulled him over even though he was transporting a prisoner, according to the police report. Another officer later arrived to administer sobriety tests.
 
After Dwyer was pulled over in Pasadena, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The officer also noted that Dwyer's eyes were red and glossy, and his speech was slow and slurred. While taking a sobriety test, Dwyer was reportedly "very unstable on his feet and having trouble keeping his balance," according to the police report.
 
He was arrested after having trouble during a walk and turn test and failing to maintain his balance when asked to stand on one leg, the police report said. After the officer read Dwyer his rights, he refused to take a breath test, the report added. Dwyer was released on his own recognizance.
 
Fellow Anne Arundel County Republican Del. Ron George called on Dwyer to resign.
 
"Out of concern for others who could be harmed and for Don Dwyer himself, I call on him to resign and get help," George said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. "His constituents deserve good representation."
 
Dwyer is scheduled to be sentenced on a separate drunken boating charge on Oct. 25. In that case, Dwyer reached a plea deal with prosecutors that would not include jail time. Dwyer had reached a similar plea deal in district court in May. A judge in that case sentenced him to 30 days in jail, but Dwyer appealed that sentence.
 
Seven people, including Dwyer, were injured when the lawmaker's boat collided with another vessel on the Magothy River last year. His blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit in that case.

Dwyer and his attorney in the previous case did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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