Delegate arrested in Perry Hall on charge of drunken driving

August 30, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

Maryland House of Delegates member Diane F. DeCarlo was arrested on charges of drunken driving and having an open alcohol container in her car early yesterday after she was pulled over for speeding.

DeCarlo, 50, a Democrat who represents eastern Baltimore County and part of Harford County, had a blood alcohol level just above the legal limit as she drove a white Dodge Caravan north on Belair Road near East Joppa Road in Perry Hall shortly after midnight, according to Bill Touhey, spokesman for Baltimore County police.

An officer using a radar detector clocked DeCarlo driving 62 mph a 40-mph zone and pulled her over, Touhey said.

The "overwhelming" smell of alcohol on DeCarlo's breath and in a plastic cup in her car prompted an officer to test her for intoxication, according to a police report submitted after the arrest.

She failed a roadside test and was arrested and taken to the White Marsh Precinct. DeCarlo took a Breathalyzer test that measured her blood alcohol level at 0.11, just above the legal limit for intoxication of 0.10, Touhey said.

DeCarlo had just left a "nonpolitical" fund-raiser when she was pulled over, according to a press release sent on her behalf by a public relations firm.

DeCarlo "regrets her error in judgment regarding the Aug. 28 incident," the press release said. "She is urging fellow community members to support local efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and she is doing the same thing."

DeCarlo was released about three hours later, police said.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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