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A status update on the Facebook page of Delegate Don Dwyer may provide some insight into recent events, specifically a boat crash in which he has been charged with operating the vessel while under the influence of alcohol.
In the message, Dwyer speaks of how he has faced professional and personal challenges that have led him to alcohol as a coping mechanism.
The MD Department of Natural Resources Police have determined that Delegate Don Dwyer's blood alcohol level was .24 -- three times the legal limit -- when he crashed his boat back in August.
Dwyer and six other people, including five children, were injured in that crash. They are all said to be recovering, including a five-year-old girl whose skull was fractured in the crash on the Magothy River.
The day after it happened, Del. Dwyer, a Republican who represents portions of Anne Arundel County, held a news conference outside Shock Trauma. He admitted he had been drinking.
Below is the message that was posted on Dwyer's Facebook page:
"Dear supporters and friends,
I would like to take a moment to update you. 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. 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. Though I am unable to discuss the accident itself due to the pending court case, I thought it important that I share with you the steps I have personally taken to address my problem with alcohol.
First, it's important for you to know that prior to last year; I enjoyed beer or wine socially.
Second, 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. Additionally, I am committed to attending extensive aftercare counseling, as well as AA meetings.
It is extremely difficult to lay bare a deeply personal issue in such a public way. However, I believe it is the right thing to do, as I feel answerable to the folks who chose me to represent them in the Legislature. 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.
This Session I am committed to renewing my focus to defending personal liberty, property rights and second amendment rights. Please feel free to contact my office by phone at 410-841-3047 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you like to speak with me personally. I would be willing to discuss my recovery or any legislative issues."