Prosecutors avoid conflicts in Dwyer boat crash case

Howard County attorney aids investigation involving state delegate

  • Del. Don Dwyer is wheeled out of Shock Trauma for a press conference.
Del. Don Dwyer is wheeled out of Shock Trauma for a press conference. (Kevin Rector, Baltimore…)
November 19, 2012|By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun

The boat crash involving an admittedly drunk Del. Donald H. Dwyer has been investigated by a Howard County prosecutor in order to avoid a conflict of interest, officials said Monday.

The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Office referred the case to another jurisdiction more than two months ago, not long after the August crash that seriously injured Dwyer and five other people, including four children. No charges have been filed and the investigation is not complete, officials said.

Two other state delegates work in the Anne Arundel's prosecutor's office, State's Attorney spokeswoman Kristin Fleckenstein said, referring to Del. Ted Sophocleus and Del. Luke H. Clippinger.

Howard County Senior Assistant State's Attorney Claude de Vastey-Jones has been assigned to help consult on the investigation by the Department of Natural Resources Police, according to Howard County State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Dwyer was piloting one of two boats that collided on the Magothy River near Pasadena. In a news conference after the accident, Dwyer said his blood alcohol level was 0.2 percent, more than twice the legal limit. Investigators have said they have not determined which boat was at fault and they expect the investigation to be complete in January.

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