Man accused of assault on Dwyer pleads guilty to drug charge

January 13, 2014|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

A Pasadena man accused of assaulting Del. Donald Dwyer last summer has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

According to court records, Brian Lucabaugh pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession Friday, when he was scheduled for a status conference in Anne Arundel Circuit Court on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the incident on Aug. 18.

A phone number listed for Lucabaugh was out of service Monday.

According to a police report Lucabaugh, a neighbor of Dwyer's, attacked the delegate behind his home, striking him, shoving him to a pier and commanded his 100-pound bulldog to attack him, according to a police report. The dog bit Dwyer and Lucabaugh threw him in the water.

Dwyer told police he escaped by swimming under several neighbors' piers.

Two witnesses confirmed Dwyer's account, according to the police report. When police officers went to arrest Lucabaugh, he put up a fight and later tried to swallow rocks and gravel from the yard, according to a police report.

Dwyer, a Republican, has had his own legal problems. He is serving weekends in jail on convictions of drunken boating and drunken driving. The drunk boating conviction stems from a crash on the Magothy River in 2012 that injured Dwyer and several others. He admitted to drinking before the crash. The driving charge came on Aug. 20. Dwyer was pulled over after a police officer saw him speeding and swerving on Route 100.

Dwyer apologized to fellow lawmakers last week and has been stripped of his committee assignment at the General Assembly.

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