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December 20, 2012

Two Charged in August 22nd Boating Accident

by Martha

On December 20, following several months of investigation, the Maryland Natural Resource Police have charged two operators involved in an August 22, 2012 boating accident that injured seven people.

Don H. Dwyer Jr., 54 of Pasadena, Md., was charged with a Rules of the Road violation, which carries a payable fine of $85, failure to obtain annual certificate of number, which carries a payable fine of $85, negligent operation of a vessel which carries a payable fine of $320 and reckless operation of a vessel which carries a payable fine of $450.  Dwyer was also charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol which requires the charged party to appear in court and carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and/or one year in prison for the first offense.  Dwyer’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .24.  A BAC of .08 is considered prima facia evidence that a person is under the influence of alcohol.

Mark Harbin, 52 of Pasadena, Md., was charged with a Rules of the Road violation, which carries a payable fine of $85, failure to obtain annual certificate of number which carries a payable fine of $85 and negligent operation of a vessel which carries a payable fine of $320.

Both operators contributed to the accident when neither operator adjusted speed nor took the necessary action with ample time to avoid a collision.   The charges were placed after a thorough investigation of witnesses, victims, and operators.  The investigation was reviewed by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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