Reporting Meghan McCorkell
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A judge refuses to revoke bail for Don Dwyer–the Anne Arundel County delegate arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
The decision isn’t sitting well with some, since he pleaded guilty to being intoxicated during a boat crash last summer.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the latest court fight.
That boat crash left several people injured. Delegate Dwyer was out on bond in that incident when he was arrested again.
Calling him a risk to public safety, prosecutors push to have bond revoked for Delegate Don Dwyer. The Anne Arundel County Republican was arrested for drunk driving last month, just one year after he admits he was intoxicated during a boating accident.
“It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat yesterday. It’s also been reported my blood alcohol content is 0.20,” Dwyer said in August 2012.
A judge denied the state’s request, citing that Dwyer has not yet been convicted of DUI.
“It is really scary, but, you know, you’d figure that he’d learn from something like that,” said Dakota White, neighbor.
Dwyer hasn’t been seen around his Pasadena neighborhood. He’s currently attending an inpatient rehab program. His lawyer tells WJZ:
“Delegate Dwyer is working every day to maintain sobriety. It’s a long and tough road, but he is making progress day-by-day.”
Since this latest incident, calls for Dwyer to step down from his seat in the House of Delegates have grown louder. Kert Blodgett started an online petition calling on Dwyer to resign.
“He’s an elected official. And whether we like it or not, we hold our elected officials to a higher standard. And if they can’t follow the laws as written, they should not be an elected official,” said Blodgett.
Some have taken to Dwyer’s Facebook page, offering support, saying: “There’s some of us out here that still believe in you” and “Keep getting back up and never quit.”
Dwyer pleaded guilty to drunk boating. Sentencing is set for next month.
Dwyer has been ordered to remain alcohol-free and stay away from establishments that sell alcohol.
If Dwyer violates any of the judge’s conditions, he will go to jail.