Del. Donald Dwyer sentenced to 60 days in jail for driving, boating under the influence

Maryland state Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail for incidents of boating and driving under the influence, court records show.

Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel) had previously admitted to drunken boating in a crash last summer that left seven people injured, including a 5-year-old girl. Dwyer on Friday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence for an August incident in which he was pulled over in Pasadena.

Retired Judge Emory A. Plitt Jr. of Howard County, who was brought in to hear the case in Anne Arundel County, sentenced Dwyer to 30 days in each case. He will be allowed to serve his time on weekends.

“Delegate Dwyer took full responsibility for his actions,” his attorney David Fischer said. “Today he reaffirmed taking responsibility by pleading guilty to a second charge, and Mr. Dwyer respects the judge’s sentence and will continue to work on his sobriety.”

The judge also ordered Dwyer to continue his ongoing alcohol treatment, which amounts to 20 additional weeks of a 26-week outpatient therapy program, Fischer said. He said Dwyer has completed a 28-day inpatient program.


Maryland Del. Don Dwyer (AP)

Fischer said Dwyer also was ordered to avoid events where alcohol is being served, although he said the judge could lift this prohibition in the future.

During a May hearing in the boating case, Dwyer had been sentenced to 30 days in jail in that case, but he appealed the punishment. While that appeal was underway, Dwyer was arrested for drunken driving and more than a dozen other infractions in Anne Arundel County.

Colleagues from both political parties previously have urged Dwyer to seek help, and some have called for his resignation from the General Assembly. Del. Brian K. McHale (D-Baltimore), co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, has said the committee would let the legal process play out before initiating any possible review of Dwyer’s conduct.

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