Del. Rick Impallaria (R-Baltimore County) was arrested Thursday in Ocean City and charged with driving while impaired, according to court documents.
Records from the District Court of Worcester County show that police stopped Impallaria, a proponent of stricter drunken-driving laws, about 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
In Maryland, driving while impaired is a secondary charge for operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent. Driving under the influence is a more serious offense that applies when the blood-alcohol level is 0.08 percent or higher.
Impallaria attended a reception thrown by GOP senators at the Ropewalk Tavern on Thursday, according to a Baltimore Sun article about the event.
Earlier this year, Impallaria was a co-sponsor of unsuccessful legislation to make drunk drivers liable for paying punitive damages in lawsuits if they hurt or injured someone.
In 2008, Impallaria raised concerns that authorizing speed cameras would make it harder for police to catch drunk drivers.
“In many cases, we’re going to be helping the wrong person,” Impallaria said during the legislative floor debate. “We’re going to be helping the drunk because he’s only going to get the fine for speeding.”
Other Maryland lawmakers have been charged for drunken driving. In 2013, Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel) was sentenced to 60 days in jail for driving a car while impaired and operating a boat while intoxicated. In 2008, then-House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) plead guilty to a DUI but avoided jail time.