Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer Jr. on Tuesday was charged with
driving while under the influence of alcohol.
According to the Baltimore
Sun, Dwyer, a vociferous opponent of gay rights, was pulled
over on Route 100 traveling eastbound in Pasadena.
Dwyer, 55, failed a field sobriety test and told officers that he
had had two beers earlier in the evening.
He was taken to a police station, where he refused to allow
officers to administer a breath test for alcohol. A routine
background check uncovered an expired registration.
Dwyer, a Republican from Pasadena, pleaded guilty earlier this
year to operating a boat under the influence last year and is
scheduled for sentencing on October 25. The boating accident left a
5-year-old girl with a fractured skull.
In an interview last year with the Capital
Gazette, Dwyer said that his drinking increased for two
reasons: his November 2011 separation from his wife of 31 years and
he felt “betrayed” by colleagues who voted for a gay marriage
The day before the vote, Dwyer told reporters that he had enough
support to block the bill in the House. However, the measure narrowly
cleared the chamber with the help of two Republicans, Wade Kach and
Dwyer accused Kach and Costa, along with former Democratic
Delegate Tiffany Alston, of selling him out.
“That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was
physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it's