Md. Lawmaker in Boat Crash Says He’s Sought Help

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A boat involved in the crash.  The "One Done" carried 2 adults and 5 children. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A boat involved in the crash. The “One Done” carried 2 adults and 5 children. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland state delegate who has admitted being under the influence of alcohol during a powerboat crash last summer says he’s sought treatment.

Anne Arundel County Delegate Don Dwyer said in a statement on his Facebook page that he “turned to alcohol to cope” while facing personal and professional challenges.

He says he’s entered and completed an alcohol intervention program and is committed to more treatment, including attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He has already said he doesn’t plan to seek re-election.

Dwyer was charged last month with operating the boat under the influence of alcohol. His boat and another vessel collided last August on the Magothy River, injuring several people.

Three children were among those hospitalized after the collision in the Magothy River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The legal limit in Maryland for operating a boat is the same as for a car, .08.

“It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat yesterday,” Dwyer said at an August news conference he gave from a wheelchair outside Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. “It’s also been reported that my blood alcohol content was .2. No one, no one should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or power boat.”

He said in his Facebook message that he can’t comment on the accident since there are pending charges against him.

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