Glendening's son charged with DWI

Police say teen failed 3 sobriety tests after crashing into utility pole

June 06, 1999|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

The 19-year-old son of Gov. Parris N. Glendening was arrested early yesterday on drunken driving charges after his car struck a utility pole near College Park and he failed three sobriety tests, Prince George's County police said.

Raymond H. Glendening was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol, police said. A DWI conviction carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, while a conviction for driving under the influence could mean up to two months in jail and a $500 fine.

Glendening, who will be a junior at West Virginia University in the fall and is a summer intern in the office of Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, could have his Maryland driver's license suspended for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

The incident drew an immediate response from the governor and his wife, Frances Hughes Glendening: "Early this morning, we received a call that every parent dreads -- that our son had been issued two citations by the police for an alcohol-related driving offense.

"Today, our first duty must be as parents," the Glendenings said in a prepared statement. "We will offer Raymond our unconditional and abiding love, support and guidance.

"Until the pending legal details facing our son are resolved, strictly following usual and customary procedures, we will be discussing this only as a private, family matter and will have no further public comment," they said.

Raymond Glendening was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on Baltimore Avenue when he struck a utility pole about 2:30 a.m., police said. A male passenger, whom police did not identify, was in the car.

The crash did not damage the pole, but shattered a window on the passenger side of the sport utility vehicle, police said. No one was injured, they said.

Glendening pulled into a parking lot at 9091 Baltimore Ave. (U.S. 1) -- about two blocks north of the accident scene -- and an officer responding to a security alarm at that address saw his damaged car and approached to question him, police said.

Suspecting that Glendening had been drinking, the officer asked him to take a Breathalyzer test but Glendening refused, police said.

Police said the officer tried three other sobriety tests, which Glendening failed. The tests were not described.

Glendening was taken to the Hyattsville district station, where he was held until about 6 a.m., when he was released on his own recognizance, police said.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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