Dwyer Admits Using 'Alcohol to Cope,' Enters Treatment Program

In a message to his Facebook supporters, Del. Don Dwyer admitted that his alcohol usage contributed to an August 2012 boat crash on the Magothy River.

Embattled Del. Don Dwyer (R-Pasadena) has admitted to having a drinking problem and has voluntarily undergone treatment.

"In the past year I have faced both personal and professional challenges that were extremely difficult for me. As a result, and regrettably so, I turned to alcohol to cope," Dwyer wrote in a Facebook post. "As many of you know, this culminated in a serious boat accident in August when the boat I was operating was struck by another vessel."

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Dwyer in December with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol in connection with the Aug. 22 crash. The accident injured seven people—including Dwyer and four children.

NRP reported Dwyer's blood alcohol content on the night of the crash was 0.24—three times the legal limit of 0.08.

"I would like to tell you that in order to prevent a prolonged problem with drinking as a coping mechanism; I voluntarily entered and completed an alcohol intervention program," Dwyer wrote. "Additionally, I am committed to attending extensive aftercare counseling, as well as AA meetings."

If convicted, Dwyer faces a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and/or one year in prison. Mark Harbin, the driver of the other boat, was charged with negligent operation of a vessel.

Despite the looming criminal and civil cases against Dwyer, the Pasadena Republican wrote that he has no plans to resign from office.

"I know you have been shocked and disappointed as a result of how I conducted myself. I don’t know if I am to be forgiven, but I certainly hope to regain your confidence," Dwyer wrote. "This Session I am committed to renewing my focus to defending personal liberty, property rights and second amendment rights."

To view the message in its entirety on Facebook, click here.

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  • No Charges Yet in Boat Accident Involving Dwyer
  • Dwyer Thanks Supporters on Facebook After Boat Crash
  • BLOG: What Should Dwyer Do Now?
  • Republican Central Committee Releases Statement on Boat Crash
  • Dwyer Admits Drinking Before Boat Crash
  • UPDATE: Multiple People Hospitalized After Boat Accident
Norman January 09, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Get well soon Don! And I'm following your lead by deciding to not register my boats any more. If a MD Legislator doesn't think it necessary, that's good enough for me!
Anna Staver January 09, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Hi Patricia, Annapolis Patch has extensively covered the arrest and trial of Mr. Snowden. I attended his trial in Baltimore. Here are links to some of the stories we posted on the case. Carl Snowden Faces Marijuana Possession Charges: http://patch.com/A-sDvW Jury Deliberating Snowden Marijuana Case: http://patch.com/A-zDcc Mayor Supports Snowden Despite Marijuana Conviction: http://patch.com/A-zG6d Snowden Resigns From Maryland Attorney General's Office: http://patch.com/A-0FPX
Linda Quayle January 09, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Really? Start saving for your fines, or buy a for sale sign. I don 't think Dwyer is in any position to be handing out advice. What I'm reading, is he needs some time off to regroup and get his personal and professional life in order. I wish him the best....
Annie Arundelo January 09, 2013 at 11:20 PM
If I had to deal with the cuckoo-clocks that he has to deal with Annapolis, I'd be a drunk too....
C.stubbins March 01, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I still cannot believe Dwyer is still allowed to draw a salary. He should have been immediately arrested just like anyone else would have been. Post bail just like anyone else. Drunk and stupid...Is that the type of people who represent us. Maybe someone should look into how his father Donald got away in a sting at the old Friendship Park for being caught in a homosexual sting. Maybe Jr. Pulled some strings?? I think with this guy there is a lot of skeletons in the closet..Just look a little closer and lock this scum bag up..


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