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Drunk delegate Dwyer running wild on Magothy River admits he was drinking

BALTIMORE, MD--August 23, 2012--Del. Don Dwyer is wheeled out of Shock Trauma for a press conference. Photo by Kevin Rector/staff

BALTIMORE, MD–August 23, 2012–Del. Don Dwyer is wheeled out of Shock Trauma for a press conference. Photo by Kevin Rector/staff

Looks like what I thought was true.

Maryland Delegate Donald Dwyer Jr. admitted to boozing with a friend on the Magothy River when his recreational water vessel slammed into another boat leaving six people injured.

“I deeply regret my actions and ask for your forgiveness,” Dwyer said, adding that no one should operate a car or boat while under the influence of alcohol. He said his thoughts are with the others injured in the collision.

Dwyer’s blood alcohol content was at 0.2 percent after Wednesday’s crash. The legal limit is .08, according to Maryland state law.

None of the injuries are life threatening, but Dwyer looked in rough shape as he was wheeled out of shock trauma in a neck brace.

Witnesses living along the river said they heard a loud explosion and screaming.

“I thought it was a bomb. I never heard anything so loud over here,” said Janet Bemkey, who lives with family there.

Lisa Willis, a nurse who heard the collision said, “The whole front of the boat was gone. It was not there.”

The children — some of whom were being pulled on a tube — were scared and crying, and a “couple of the kids were asking if they were dying,” she said.

Of the 24 boating fatalities last year, alcohol was a factor in six.

Dwyer is a conservative in the Maryland legislature and is pro-gun rights and against gay marriage.

Dwyer’s term ends in 2015, and there has been word that he’ll resign.

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