A Maryland state delegate is facing charges that he operated a powerboat while drunk over the summer.
Maryland Natural Resource police on Thursday announced multiple charges against Don Dwyer, a Republican state delegate from Anne Arundel County. Dwyer has admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol when his boat collided with another vessel on the Magothy River in August.
Several people were injured, including a young girl.
The operator of the other boat was also charged with a so-called Rules of the Road violation, accused of failing to slow down or take other steps to avoid the collision.
Howard County prosecutors helped with the investigation to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.
Dwyer said in an emailed statement on Friday that he was pleased that the findings of Maryland Natural Resource police don't reflect blame for the accident on him.
He expressed regret that he chose to operate a boat after drinking alcohol and asked forgiveness of his constituents.