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Trial set for Maryland man accused of DUI

A thirty five year-old Maryland man is faced with DUI Charges stemming from his allegedly causing a head-on collision with a motorcycle rider. The accident, which happened a year prior to the trial, left the man on the motorcycle severely injured. He suffered broken bones, lacerated internal organs and brain trauma. Additionally, the motorcyclist was left in a coma for three months as a result of the accident.

Maryland man drives into two homes

A 54-year-old Maryland man drove his truck into a residence and broke a propane line and an electric line in an accident near Baltimore on April 24. The first home caught fire, and a huge burst of flame flew up the side of the home to the second story, damaging the side of the building. A neighbor used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire, so that by the time the fire department arrived, the flames were under control. A spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office indicated that the damage could have been much worse, and people could have been hurt. The driver also backed his truck into a nearby residence and moved it off its foundation. He drove away from the scene through both yards. Police located him a few minutes later and took him into custody. The man faces a drunk driving charge and additional charges for DUI, possession of marijuana and fleeing the scene of an accident. He paid bail and was released.

Maryland woman charged with DUI after head-on accident

A 25-year-old Maryland woman was taken into custody for drinking and driving after she allegedly caused a head-on collision in the early morning hours of March 25. She submitted to field sobriety tests, and although the results of the tests were not released, she faces DUI charges. Early that morning, Maryland law enforcement personnel responded to a call to be on the look out for a white car. Within two minutes, someone reported a head-on collision involving the same vehicle that had hit an SUV. Both vehicles sustained serious front-end damage.

Man receives time in custody for eighth drunk driving offense

A 48-year-old man was convicted of his eighth DWI charge in Wicomico County on Feb. 4. Because of his history as a repeat offender, he received an extra three years in prison and was sentenced to the maximum term allowed according to Maryland law for repeat offenders. However, the court suspended all but one year. The defendant's sixth and seventh convictions occurred less than seven days apart in Oct. 2012. He will serve back-to-back sentences for these three cases in which he incurred DUI charges. He was sentenced to two years and three years, respectively, which means he will need to serve a total of eight years in custody, four of them in the department of corrections. Six of the convictions have been in Wicomico County while his two other convictions were in Worcester County.

Maryland woman enters into plea agreement for DUI charge

A 20-year-old woman was arrested on Oct. 9, 2012, in Conewago Township for drinking and driving. She has pleaded guilty to a DUI charge, driving with a suspended license and attempting to disarm a police officer. According to the terms of her plea agreement, she will spend three months in custody for driving on a suspended license with 10 additional days for DUI, with credit to time already served. She must pay nearly $100 in restitution and could receive additional fines. The plea agreement dropped multiple offenses against her, including felony assault. She will also be on probation for about three years. Following complaints of unruly behavior at a property from local residents, law enforcement stopped her as she was leaving. She admitted that she did not have a driver's license and refused to answer questions before officers attempted to remove her from the car. She did not comply with requests for blood-alcohol content level testing (BAC), but officers determined she could not safely operate her car, which led to the DUI charges. Her license had been suspended because of a prior refusal to submit to BAC testing.

5 charged at Elliot City DUI stop

Five motorists were arrested for drinking and driving during a time span of just a few hours at a Howard County DUI stop. The DUI charges were filed at the checkpoint when authorities observed more than 600 drivers who passed through the stop. Three agencies were present, including the Maryland State Police, the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.). One of those arrested was also found to be driving on a suspended license. The stops combat those who are driving while they drink or use drugs by placing numerous authorities in a small geographic area. A grant provided some of the funding for the checkpoint, which is part of a national campaign to reduce drinking and driving.

Driver in fatal accident facing multiple DWI charges

The 24-year-old man who allegedly caused a fatal two-vehicle accident has been charged with two DWI charges. The accident took place in Kingsville, Maryland. According to reports, the young driver's Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Mazda Protege. The driver of the Mazda sustained serious injuries because of the crash. His passenger was thrown from the vehicle and was transported to Franklin Square Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt. Both drivers, who were reported to be in stable condition after the accident, were emergency airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. While the driver of the pickup truck has been charged with driving under the influence, a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department said that charges were not related to either illicit drug use or alcohol.

Conviction for former FBI agent charged in Maryland wreck

After a DUI charge that resulted in serious injury to one teenager and the death of another, an ex-FBI agent was convicted of manslaughter and additional charges. He could receive up to 13 years in prison even though sentencing guidelines set a maximum prison term of four years. According to the authorities, the man rammed into the side of the victim's car nearly two years ago in Brandywine, Maryland. According to the prosecution, the victim was driving defensively, but the defendant was under the influence as he sped along the road. The prosecutor added that the man's negligence and illegal actions caused the accident and subsequent injuries and death.

Woman accused of smashing into cruiser while driving drunk

When someone is involved in an accident, one of the first things that Maryland police will consider is whether the driver has been drinking and driving. Employing a field sobriety test can offer the police a possible insight into the state of mind of the driver. However, it is very important to remember that field sobriety tests are not always conclusive and do not necessarily result in a DUI conviction.

Talk in Maryland about cracking down on first time DUI offenders

Though Maryland drunk driving laws have been tightened in recent years, many special interest groups are lobbying to increase the severity of such penalties to an even greater degree. The focus of many such groups is now on the individual charged for the first time of such an offense.

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