Glendening's son given 120-day suspension of driver's license

August 05, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An administrative law judge suspended yesterday the driver's license of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's son, who refused to take a chemical test after his arrest on drunken driving charges in June.

The decision prohibits Raymond Glendening, 19, from driving for 120 days, a typical penalty for a first-time offender who refuses to take a Breathalyzer test, according to officials at the state Motor Vehicle Administration. Glendening's license was confiscated at the completion of yesterday's hearing in Beltsville, and the suspension began immediately.

"This case was not treated in any way special," said MVA spokeswoman Caryn Coyle.

Glendening faces a Sept. 2 trial on criminal charges of driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol. A DWI conviction carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, and a conviction of driving under the influence a maximum of two months in jail and a $500 fine.

Glendening was arrested June 5 after his vehicle struck a utility pole near College Park and he failed three sobriety tests. A Prince George's County police officer asked him to take a Breathalyzer test, but Glendening refused.

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