Judge convicts drunken driver of 13th offense Maximum sentence sought for retired Anne Arundel officer

May 01, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

With 12 convictions for drunken driving and 52 points on his driving record, Andrew A. Brady was back in court yet again.

"Andrew Brady. Andy Brady. Oh, my Lord," said Judge Donald M. Lowman, calling the case. "I knew Andy Brady when he was a sergeant on the Anne Arundel County police force and he was a darn good officer. He retired and became just as good an alcoholic."

Brady, 68, stood trial on driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge No. 13 yesterday in District Court in Glen Burnie. By the end of the trial, the judge was scratching his head, wondering what it would take to keep the chronic drunken driver off the road.

Brady entered the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles because he had been unable to make $10,000 bond since his most recent arrest in November. He acted as his own attorney.

After reading the charges -- DWI, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended and revoked license -- Judge Lowman told the defendant, "There was a time that if Andy Brady told you something you could take it to the bank. The last couple of times I saw you, you said you weren't going to drink anymore so I can't take it to the bank."

The trial began with Joe Woods, 53, of Brooklyn describing how his 75-year-old mother had rented her basement apartment in Glen Burnie to Brady. But Brady's drinking and smoking made him a human fire hazard, and the mother decided to evict him. Mr. Woods testified that when he arrived Nov. 30 to throw him out, Brady smelled of liquor.

But Brady hopped into his car and, with Mr. Woods following in his station wagon, drove into the heart of Glen Burnie, straddling center lines along the way. At the intersection of Crain Highway and Fifth Avenue, Mr. Woods pulled in front of Brady, hoping a police officer would come upon the scene.

But a friend who happened by got into the car and drove Brady away, eventually dropping him off at the detoxification unit at North Arundel Hospital, where he was later arrested. A police officer testified he found a bottle of vodka and two half-empty orange juice bottles apparently spiked with liquor in Brady's abandoned car.

Brady denied everything, testifying, "Your honor, I didn't drink in that house."

After fleeing the confrontation at the intersection, he asked to be admitted at North Arundel Hospital for treatment for a rib injury, he said. Upon being refused he went to a nearby bar, where he ordered two screwdrivers and called for an ambulance to take him to the detox unit so he could "get my side fixed up," he said.

Judge Lowman didn't believe a word of it. Finding him guilty of drunken driving, he said, "And now I don't know what to do with you."

Prosecutor Eileen Reilly told the judge that Brady now had 13 drunken-driving convictions and several convictions for driving on a suspended license. She said she would recommend a maximum sentence of three years for drunken driving and another year for driving on a revoked license.

The judge revoked Brady's bond, ordered a presentence investigation and promised to pass sentence soon.

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