A day after being charged with several violations in a boating accident, state Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. released a statement Friday offering regret, claiming the other boat hit him and saying that he plans to stay in office.

"I ask forgiveness from the citizens who have looked to me to represent them with honor and integrity in the General Assembly," Dwyer said in the statement, his first public comments since a post-accident news conference in August at which he admitted he had been drinking and apologized.

"I intend to prove my personal, temporary difficulties did not and will not affect my ability to represent my constituents fully and completely with character and trustworthiness in the future," the statement continued.

Investigators said Dwyer's blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, which sent the Pasadena Republican, two other adults and four children to the hospital with serious injuries. Dwyer was charged with five boating infractions, including boating under the influence. If convicted, he could face a year in jail and up to $1,940 in fines. The driver of the other boat in the collision was also charged.

"The fact is, my boat was struck and sank as a result of being hit in the left side," Dwyer said.

Dwyer, 54, is serving his third term in the General Assembly. He is vice-chair of Anne Arundel County's House delegation.

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