Council president charged with drunken driving Criminal summons results from March 2 accident near shopping center

April 09, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

The president of the Westminster City Council, who is seeking a third term in May's council election, has been charged with drunken driving, court records show.

Edward S. Calwell, who serves as president under a tradition granting that post to the most senior of five council members, was given a criminal summons Friday at city police headquarters, charging him with driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Calwell, 52, was involved in a minor traffic accident March 2, police reports show. He was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.

The investigating officer requested a blood test at that time, said Lt. Dean Brewer, a police spokesman.

Results of that test came back from the state police laboratory, showing that Calwell's blood-alcohol level soon after the accident was 0.10, Brewer said.

Under Maryland law, a person with a blood-alcohol level of 0.07 to 0.09 is considered under the influence.

Those with a level of 0.10 or greater are considered intoxicated.

Police said Calwell was traveling west on Route 140 shortly after midnight when he attempted to turn left into Crossroads Square shopping center just east of Malcolm Drive.

Two witnesses told police that Calwell's 1992 Honda Accord ran over a curb and blew out two tires before it struck a wooden sign post, crossed the eastbound lanes and stopped against a curb at the entrance to the shopping center.

Weather conditions were listed as clear and cloudy, police said.

Alcohol and speed too great for the conditions were cited as contributing factors in the accident.

Calwell, who lives on East Green Street, works as a systems-analyst trainer for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, the latest in a series of positions he has held in public health.

He also has an antiques business in New Oxford, Pa.

In addition to service with civic and municipal organizations, Calwell serves as president of the board of trustees of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County.

A check of state motor vehicle records shows that Calwell has a valid license with two points on his driving record, the result of a speeding ticket he received Feb. 20, 1996.

Calwell declined to comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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