In Frederick Man convicted again of drunken driving...

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January 11, 2001

In Frederick

Man convicted again of drunken driving, given 18-month term

FREDERICK - An unemployed construction worker notorious for violating Maryland's drunken-driving laws was convicted yesterday of his 11th offense and sentenced to 18 months in the county jail.

The penalty was the stiffest yet for Michael C. Dowdy Sr., 38, of Ashton, who has been charged with alcohol-related driving offenses 16 times since 1984. He still faces prosecution in Montgomery County for a March arrest.

A Frederick County sheriff's deputy arrested Dowdy on Nov. 8 after seeing him weaving down Interstate 70 in his Chevrolet Camaro at 70 mph in a 55-mph zone. Dowdy pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. In return, the state dropped charges of negligent driving and speeding.

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