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By JOHN FRITZE and JOHN FRITZE,SUN REPORTER | December 19, 2005
Former Orioles pitching star Sidney Ponson was released from the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore yesterday after serving a five-day sentence for drunken driving - ending a year fraught with legal problems for the embattled athlete. Wearing a black Adidas sweat shirt and jeans, Ponson walked silently from the center's Eager Street entrance before being whisked into a black limousine shortly after 9 a.m. With the drunken-driving incident behind him, Ponson must now contend with a new charge lodged against him last week - a citation of knowingly making a false statement on a Motor Vehicle Administration application.
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Justin Fenton and Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore, charged for the second time in 10 years with drunken driving. The charge comes five months after the record-setting Olympian's return to competition. Phelps, 29, was stopped for speeding just outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. He was clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone in his 2014 Land Rover and subsequently failed a standard field sobriety test, police said.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 3, 2002
Long-sought drunken-driving legislation to toughen penalties for repeat offenders and prohibit open containers of alcohol in vehicles appears likely to win approval in the General Assembly. But other proposals to crack down on drunken driving - including raising the penalties for drivers with particularly high blood-alcohol levels and automatically suspending licenses for those who refuse to take Breathalyzer tests - will face much tougher opposition, according to key legislators. "I think the open-container and repeat-offender bills will pass this year," said state Sen. Walter M. Baker, a Cecil County Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Chef Bryan Voltaggio was arrested on drunken-driving charges June 6 on Howard Street, according to public records. The "Top Chef" finalist was stopped at 12:20 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Howard St. and charged with three drunken-driving counts, including driving under the influence, which indicates a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Courts records indicate that Voltaggio did not contribute to an accident or injury. The 38-year-old Frederick-area resident opened his first restaurant in Baltimore in late June.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2002
A 43-year-old Carroll County woman was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for her 10th drunken-driving offense. Besides receiving the maximum term for her May conviction for driving under the influence, Brenda Lee Sawyer was given two consecutive one-year sentences for driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of an injury accident. Those sentences were suspended. Sawyer was sentenced for crashing her vehicle into the rear of a state police car and fleeing into a wooded area in November - less than three weeks after she had been released from jail on probation from a previous drunken-driving offense.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2002
A 43-year-old Carroll County woman was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for her 10th drunken-driving offense. Besides receiving the maximum term for her May conviction for driving under the influence, Brenda Lee Sawyer was given two consecutive one-year sentences for driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of an injury accident. Those sentences were suspended. Sawyer was sentenced for crashing her vehicle into the rear of a state police car and fleeing into a wooded area in November - less than three weeks after she had been released from jail on probation from a previous drunken-driving offense.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2002
A 43-year-old Carroll County woman was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for her 10th drunken-driving offense. Besides receiving the maximum term for her May conviction for driving under the influence, Brenda Lee Sawyer was given two consecutive one-year sentences for driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of an injury accident. Those sentences were suspended. Sawyer was sentenced for crashing her vehicle into the rear of a state police car and fleeing into a wooded area in November - less than three weeks after she had been released from jail on probation from a previous drunken-driving offense.
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By Steve Chapman | January 28, 2003
CHICAGO - When a boss gives an employee a task, it's best for the employee to accept it. When the federal government tells the states to do something, it's prudent for the states to submit. In either case, the consequences of refusal are generally too painful to bear. But lately, something unusual has occurred: Washington has demanded action from state legislatures, and many of them have invited Washington to go pound sand. In 2000, President Bill Clinton and Congress decided that drunken driving required a national remedy.
NEWS
February 15, 2005
Weekend in jail for man who drove car through field A 28-year-old Westminster man will spend this weekend at the Carroll County Detention Center for driving through a soybean field in September - a violation of the conditions of his release after his conviction in a June 1998 drag-racing accident on Route 140 that killed a Mount Airy Middle School teacher. Mark E. Eppig pleaded guilty in 1998 to automobile manslaughter and second-degree assault and served 19 months. Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu died and her 15-year-old daughter was injured in the crash, which occurred as they were driving home to Westminster from Finksburg.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Su | December 2, 2010
Maryland lawmakers patted themselves on the back last year after adopting a package of anti-drunken- driving laws, with a flood of news releases on the effort to get tough on repeat offenders. But not everyone got the message. In a high-profile gaffe, a judge in Anne Arundel County gave a repeat drunken driver a free pass last month, granting him probation before judgment — a finding that spares him a conviction if he satisfactorily completes probation. The lenient sentence violates a 2009 law that is supposed to prohibit judges from issuing more than one probation before judgment within a 10-year period.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
When the House of Delegates meets Saturday to vote on dozens of pieces of legislation, including whether to decriminalize marijuana, one representative from Anne Arundel County won't be there. He'll be in jail. Del. Don Dwyer Jr., spends weekends in the county jail in Glen Burnie, serving time for convictions last year on charges of drunken driving and drunken boating. His absence - he checks into jail on Friday evenings and is released on Sunday nights - means the Republican can't vote on matters that are being decided on the final weekend of the 2014 General Assembly session.
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February 10, 2014
According to The Sun ( "Citing own example, Dwyer backs punishment bill Feb. 5), Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. has introduced legislation that would require jail time and rehab for public officials convicted of drunken driving and would subject legislators to removal from office if they're jailed for any offense. The three-term delegate is serving 30 weekends in jail after being convicted of drunken driving in October. Delegate Dwyer apologized on the House floor but said he would not resign.
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February 4, 2014
Saying it was inspired by his own run-ins with alcohol and the law, Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. has introduced legislation that would require jail time and rehab for public officials convicted of drunken driving and would subject legislators to removal from office if they're jailed for any offense. "Clearly, we should be held to a higher standard," said Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican. The three-term delegate is serving 30 weekends in jail after being convicted of drunken driving in October.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | January 2, 2014
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing his SUV, according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It is the second time Henderson has been arrested for suspicion on driving while intoxicated in recent months. The first arrest occurred on Nov. 19 in Minnesota.  Henderson was booked Wednesday on four charges, including second-degree drunken driving for refusing an alcohol test, according to the paper.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Part of alcoholism is denying that you have a problem. And many people can't shake their alcohol dependency without help from others. These are not idle speculations but well-developed medical facts drawn from centuries of human experience. And both should be kept in mind when evaluating the sad case of Anne Arundel County Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. who was arrested early Tuesday morning in Pasadena after a county police officer observed him driving erratically, smelling strongly of alcohol, his eyes red and glossy, face flushed, speech slow and slurred.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
The entire undergraduate student bodies of the Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Naval Academy combined. The population of Bel Air, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average attendance at a Hershey Bears hockey game (the highest in the AHL). Every one of those descriptions represents roughly 10,000 people. By any way of looking at it, that's quite a large crowd. It's also the same number of people who are killed each year in vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in this country.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | January 2, 2014
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing his SUV, according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It is the second time Henderson has been arrested for suspicion on driving while intoxicated in recent months. The first arrest occurred on Nov. 19 in Minnesota.  Henderson was booked Wednesday on four charges, including second-degree drunken driving for refusing an alcohol test, according to the paper.
NEWS
March 24, 1995
Drunken driving is a heinous specter hovering over our highways. So why would Sen. Walter M. Baker want to be its guardian?Maryland is one of only four states in the nation without a law that makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration of In fact, 27 states toughened drunk driving laws in 1994, some even lowering the level at which operators are considered impaired to .08.The House of Delegates just approved the .10 law by a whopping 122-9...
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Carl O. Snowden, the former director of the Office of Civil Rights in the Maryland Attorney General's Office, has been ordered jailed for violating probation in an Anne Arundel County drunken driving case, according to court records. Snowden, 59, a longtime civil rights activist, was ordered Monday to spend 10 days in the Anne Arundel County jail, beginning April 12. Retired Judge Diane O. Leasure found that Snowden had violated probation in his 2010 drunken driving case because he had been convicted last year of possession of marijuana in Baltimore City, according to Henry P. Dove, chief trial counsel in the State's Attorney's Office in Talbot County.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
Michael D. Eaton ran up a tab for 17 beers plus other drinks before he left a Gaithersburg tavern, according to court records. Forty-five minutes later, behind the wheel of his Range Rover, he slammed into the back of a Jeep Cherokee at a speed estimated as high as 98 mph. Ten-year-old Jazimen Warr had nestled on her sister's shoulder, the two children sleeping in the back of the family's Cherokee on the drive to a relative's home in Bowie....
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