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May 7, 1998
A Laurel man was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for his fourth alcohol-related driving conviction since 1987, court records show.Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended 18 months of the sentence of Charles E. Cox, 38, and ordered him to serve five years' probation after his release.Burns said Cox may serve the sentence at the Frederick County Detention Center, if that facility accepts him.Cox was stopped on Route 27 near Watersville Road in Mount Airy and arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in January 1997.
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March 15, 2007
An article in the Maryland section Wednesday about a fatal Howard County automobile accident failed to make it clear that under Maryland law a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is considered to be driving while intoxicated (DWI), and a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Tanya Jones and Michael James contributed to this article | October 22, 1994
The Baltimore police sergeant killed in an off-duty automobile accident last week was driving while intoxicated, according to an autopsy report released yesterday by police.Sgt. Richard P. Harris, 35, had a blood alcohol content of .16 -- well over the legal limit of .07 for driving under the influence and .10 for driving while intoxicated.Sergeant Harris, a 13-year veteran of the force, was assigned to the Northeastern District.His death in an Oct. 14 crash that injured another officer and three civilians came one week after a Baltimore County officer died in a similar incident.
NEWS
December 2, 2005
Good defense lawyers know the loopholes in Maryland's drunken-driving laws. For instance, they know that people caught driving while intoxicated, particularly repeat offenders, are better off refusing a roadside breathalyzer test. By doing so, they're less likely to be convicted, and if they are, it may be for a lesser crime. And if a client is ever hospitalized after a serious accident, a veteran lawyer knows to demand the medical credentials of whoever draws his blood (most likely a nurse)
NEWS
April 12, 1992
Howard County police arrested a total of 17 people yesterday at a sobriety checkpoint in Ellicott City on charges ranging from driving while intoxicated to possession of a concealed handgun.According to Officer Luther Johnson, police set up the checkpoint in the 8300 block of U.S. Route 40 early yesterday.During that time, 534 vehicles were stopped and the drivers questioned.Of those arrested, Officer Johnson said, 14 were charged with driving while under the influence or driving while intoxicated.
NEWS
April 21, 1995
A Baltimore man arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated Tuesday morning is also accused of shattering a patrol car's windshield and spitting on two officers, county police said.Officer Thomas Tyzack was driving south on Fort Smallwood Road near Solley Road about 1:10 a.m. when he saw a 1994 Mercury Cougar closing in on him from behind. The Mercury stopped short of his patrol car and skidded. Officer Tyzack arrested the driver after he failed a field sobriety test, police said.While in the patrol car, the suspect kicked the windshield until it ,, shattered, police said.
NEWS
July 5, 1995
A 30-year-old man who says he lives in his truck was arrested Sunday and charged with drug possession and driving while intoxicated.The man, who gave his address as his truck, was stopped Sunday afternoon by state Tfc. Christopher Hannon along Bachmans Valley Road near Melrose after the trooper suspected him of exceeding the 50 mph speed limit.According to charging documents, the trooper noticed a truck going 78 mph. He stopped the truck, and a man immediately walked out. The trooper reported that he noticed the "strong odor of alcohol" and also found a burnt marijuana cigarette under the driver's seat.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1998
A Bel Air man who has accumulated 242 points on his Maryland driving record since 1977 was sentenced yesterday to 14 months in the Carroll County Detention Center for driving while intoxicated and with a revoked license.Paul F. Mitten won't begin that sentence until he serves concurrent 12-month sentences for driving-related offenses in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.Mitten, 40, pleaded not guilty, but agreed to accept the prosecutor's statement of the facts.Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold told Mitten it didn't appear that he had been encouraged to stay off the road when drinking and when his license was revoked.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 11, 2000
Howard County police arrested 12 people Friday night and yesterday morning during a DWI checkpoint on westbound Route 40 at Governor's Landing in Ellicott City. County police, assisted by Maryland State Police and the Howard County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, stopped more than 840 vehicles during the checkpoint, which was conducted from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Police said all the people arrested were charged with driving while intoxicated.
NEWS
March 15, 2007
An article in the Maryland section Wednesday about a fatal Howard County automobile accident failed to make it clear that under Maryland law a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is considered to be driving while intoxicated (DWI), and a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).
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By Steve Chapman | March 23, 2004
CHICAGO - A few years ago, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani came up with a new weapon to combat drunken driving: confiscating cars. It may seem only fair and just to take away the wheels of someone convicted of driving while intoxicated. But Mr. Giuliani saw no reason to limit the punishment to those convicted. The city kept the cars of both the guilty and the innocent. The mayor made no apologies for his ferocious policy. "There is a very simple way to stay out of this problem," he insisted.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2002
A 34-year-old Perry Hall man was sentenced yesterday to eight years for auto manslaughter in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Baltimore firefighter in September. Edward M. Ostrowski of the 4200 block of Penn Ave. was sentenced by Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II. Ernest Ceriale Jr., 45, a 23-year veteran assigned to the Fells Point station, was killed Sept. 21 while riding his motorcycle in the 9000 block of Belair Road. Assistant State's Attorney Garret Glennon said Ceriale had slowed as traffic backed up about 8 p.m. when Ostrowski struck him from behind with his pickup truck.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2002
A 21-year-old Hampstead man was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in jail for drunken driving as part of a plea agreement in Carroll County Circuit Court. Brad Edward Steinberg of the 700 block Houcksville Road was 20 when he was stopped about 3 a.m. June 3 by a Carroll County sheriff's deputy, according to Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer L. Loew. The deputy saw a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am traveling south in the 1100 block of S. Main St. in Hampstead swerving and at one point crossing the double line into oncoming traffic -- coming close to two other vehicles, she said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 25, 2002
A Howard County man died early Saturday from injuries he suffered when the car in which he was a passenger ran off Jessup Road and overturned after striking a tree in the front yard of a house, Anne Arundel police reported. Alvin C. Lewis Jr., 23, of the 8300 block of Barkwood Court in Jessup, Howard County, was driving a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse west in the 2800 block of Jessup Road about 10:20 p.m. Friday when he lost control of the car, which landed on its roof, police said. Bradley Eugene Lester, 28, of the 8200 block of Washington Blvd.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 25, 2002
A Howard County man died early Saturday from injuries received when the car in which he was a passenger ran off Jessup Road and overturned after striking a tree in the front yard of a house, Anne Arundel County police reported. The driver, Alvin C. Lewis Jr., 23, of the 8300 block of Barkwood Court in Jessup, Howard County, was driving a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse west in the 2800 block of Jessup Road about 10:20 p.m. Friday when he lost control of the car, which landed on its roof, police said.
NEWS
January 4, 2002
Girl's death shows state needs to enforce drunken driving laws How many more people have to die before Maryland starts treating drinking and driving as a serious offense? The legal [blood alcohol content] limit was recently lowered from 0.10 to 0.08, which is a step in the right direction. However, lowering the limit doesn't accomplish a thing as long as repeat offenders are still driving our streets, endangering all of our lives. On Dec. 20, a woman with a blood alcohol level of 0.27 changed the lives of several Baltimore families forever ("Girl, 7, walking to NE city school dies in hit-run," Dec. 21)
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By Staff report | July 6, 1993
Maryland State Police arrested two men in separate incidents outside Manchester early Saturday, and charged both with driving while intoxicated and possession of drugs.Jeffrey Howard Krape, 36, of the first block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Westminster, was being held on $15,000 full bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.Mr. Krape is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and manufacture, possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated.Tfc. A. G. Winner stopped Mr. Krape just after midnight on Route 30 south of Lineboro Road when the trooper suspected Mr. Krape was driving drunk, police said.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2001
A 42-year-old Sykesville woman charged Tuesday for the 10th time on drunken-driving counts had her bail reduced yesterday and promised to enter an alcohol treatment program. Brenda Lee Sawyer, of the 4700 block Bartholow Road, had been held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bail, on nine charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to remain at an accident scene where both an injury and property damage occurred. State police said she fled into nearby woods after the minivan she was driving struck a marked state police car in Eldersburg.
NEWS
October 12, 2001
A state police lieutenant has been suspended with pay after his arrest on drunken driving charges in his hometown of Hampstead last month. Until the charges are resolved, Lt. David A. Barcroft will perform administrative duties at his current assignment in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, said Lt. Bud Frank, a state police spokesman. Barcroft was charged with driving while intoxicated by a Hampstead police officer Sept. 24, after he allegedly was seen drinking before he moved his truck to park it in town.
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