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Don Dwyer to plead guilty in drinking while boating case

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Anne Arundel County Delegate Don Dwyer is expected to plead guilty to drinking while boating.

Prosecutors say Dwyer and eight other people were hurt when his boat collided with another boat in the Magothy River last August. The Republican already admitted that he was drinking during the Magothy River incident last August that left nine people injured, including Dwyer.

"I take responsibility for what I've done...and I always have,” he said. “I'm not worried about being politically correct."

Dwyer spoke a day before he was scheduled to go on trial.

Police cited both boat operators for contributing to the crash.

At the time, Dwyer's blood alcohol was 0.24, which is three times the legal limit.

His attorney says he could have fought that in court on a technicality but chose not to.

"I'm grateful to be in an alcohol treatment program that's been a blessing,” Dwyer says.

Dwyer still maintains he didn’t cause the accident. And in exchange for the guilty plea on drinking and boating, prosecutors have agreed to drop the other charges and won't seek jail time.

Dwyer is hoping a judge here will accept that plea deal. Otherwise, he could be facing up to a year behind bars.

And he Republican lawmaker says he will seek re-election.

Some voters said it didn’t appear fair.

"I think it's wrong,” says Parke Flounoy. “I think he should go to jail. That's what would happen to anybody else.”

Others were more forgiving.

"We've all made mistakes,” says Brian Calahan. “I don't know if we need to be burned at the cross.”

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