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Police in Maryland take aim at underage drinking and driving

Police in one Maryland city recently spent some time outside a restaurant that seems to be popular with people under the age of 21 -- especially on "Wine Night," which is on Mondays. The goal was to stop people from drinking and driving. Officers issued several citations during that time, and five people were even arrested for DUI.

Police dressed in plain clothes joined forces with someone from the Maryland Department of Liquor control after several complaints were received concerning assaults, DUIs and underage drinking. It was not only the patrons who were being observed, however. The restaurant was also under scrutiny that night.

Man faces DUI charge in wake of crash into building

At approximately 1:48 a.m. on a recent Tuesday morning, someone called the police to inform them that an accident had occurred. When they arrived at the location, they discovered a car had run into a building. While police were still investigating the scene, a man residing in Maryland arrived who subsequently ended up being arrested for DUI and failing to remain with the now-wrecked vehicle, which police believe he was driving that morning.

Fortunately, it does not appear that anyone was seriously injured in the incident. The caller — who was not identified — indicated that after the car ran into the building, the driver exited the vehicle and left the area in another vehicle. It is not known whether the person who made the call remained at the scene until police arrived. Further, how police determined that the man taken into custody was the driver of the wrecked vehicle was not released.

Driver accused of drunk driving after crash in Maryland

A man from Maryland's coast was recently involved in a rollover accident as he traveled west on Route 90 at approximately 3:30 a.m. As he was exiting the highway, he somehow lost control of his pickup truck. Police believe the crash was caused by drunk driving and took the driver into custody.

During the crash, the driver was unable to avoid colliding with a sign for a casino in the area before his truck continued into a wooded area. Prior to the vehicle coming to rest, it flipped onto its side. Fortunately, the man did not suffer any significant injuries. In fact, when medical treatment was offered to him at the scene, he refused it.

Annapolis woman suspected of DUI after accident injures 2

Back at the end of June, a 54-year-old woman from Annapolis was heading south on Governor Ritchie Highway. At some point, she supposedly drifted onto the shoulder of the highway and ran into two men on bicycles. This resulted in her being arrested on suspicion of DUI and two people ending up in the hospital.

Reportedly, the riders struck by the woman's car were a 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man. One of the riders suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized until just recently. The other rider was more fortunate and was treated for injuries suffered in the crash and then released.

Maryland State Police investigate alleged drunk driving incident

Maryland State Police are still attempting to ascertain what happened when a traffic stop was initiated on a recent Wednesday at around 6 a.m. A man is accused of drunk driving after he presumably tried to gain access to the headquarters of the National Security Agency. The man is now facing state charges and could possibly find himself facing federal charges as well.

According to Maryland State Police, the man initially stopped when ordered to at the NSA gate. For a reason not yet known, he then took off, and his vehicle allegedly struck an NSA officer in the process. A chase ensued, after which the man was taken into custody.

News helicopter captures alleged drunk driving incident

When the Maryland State Police responded to an accident on the Capital Beltway recently, several lanes of traffic needed to be shut down for the investigation and clean up of the crash. A county police officer was directing traffic at the scene when a vehicle swerved out of the only open lane of traffic and grazed the officer. A news helicopter captured the alleged drunk driving incident.

The 58-year-old driver remained at the scene. According to law enforcement officials, a breath test given to the driver indicated he had a blood alcohol level of .22. This is nearly three times Maryland's legal limit. As a result, the man faces a charge of driving under the influence. He was also cited for not controlling his speed in order to avoid an accident.

Police chief in Maryland charged with drinking and driving

It was announced recently that the Police Chief in Fruitland was placed on administrative leave with pay. He voluntarily accepted this status while he awaits the disposition of drinking and driving charges in another Maryland county. Reportedly, this is the same status that any other police officer would face in a similar situation.

Of course, the police officer will have every opportunity to defend himself against the accusations, and his request for administrative leave is not an admission of guilt. The 47-year-old was off-duty and driving his own vehicle when a deputy initiated a traffic stop. He was not wearing a police uniform and also did not possess a firearm. He was ultimately charged with driving while impaired, driving under the influence and following too closely.

Was Maryland man driving while intoxicated in accident?

Virtually everyone in Maryland knows that accidents happen for a wide variety of reasons. Often, it is assumed that the driver responsible must have done something wrong in order to lose control of his or her automobile. On many occasions, that is true. However, just because someone has been accused of DUI does not necessarily mean that the driver was driving while intoxicated.

For instance, a Maryland man was recently arrested after an accident. Shortly after 7 p.m. on a Friday, according to the authorities, the 47-year-old was headed east on Route 90. Somehow, he lost control of his vehicle, and it ended up colliding with another vehicle.

Maryland court sentences former coach on drunk driving charge

Back in October of last year, a former Maryland assistant basketball coach was arrested for driving under the influence ("Maryland coach charged with drinking and driving," Oct. 28, 2013). In that story, it was reported that he received a drunk driving charge after being involved in what police characterized as a DUI-related accident. Recently, a judge sentenced Dalonte Hill on a charge of driving under the influence.

He was sentenced to serve seven days in a Maryland jail to be followed by probation for one year. This was not Hill's first charge for DUI. It was the second time he faced such a charge here in Maryland, but it was his third DUI. His first was in 2008.

No arrests at Maryland DUI checkpoint on NASCAR race weekend

At the beginning of June, a NASCAR race took place in a neighboring state. Due to the close proximity of the race to Maryland, a DUI checkpoint was set up to discourage people from driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. A DNR officer, troopers and sheriff's deputies operated the checkpoint.

Officers stopped 243 vehicles during the time it was active on the day of the race. Of those drivers, officers were unsure about the capacity of six drivers. Additional testing was administered to those drivers. None of the drivers who went through the checkpoint that day were taken into custody. One driver received a citation, but it was not for being impaired.

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