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Bowie City Council member cited for DUI, says he called police to scene for disabled vehicle

Bowie City Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Adrian Boafo was cited for driving under the influence on Feb. 6, but Boafo said he is fighting the charge, which he called a surprise after he called police to report his disabled vehicle.

Boafo read a public statement defending himself during the Bowie City Council meeting Monday. He said he was driving home from a friend’s house when he hit a pothole on westbound U.S Rt. 50., and his tire blew out, he said.

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“I pulled onto the shoulder and called my family and insurance. I then called the local police to report the disabled vehicle. I wanted to be sure they could set up safety measures to protect other drivers,” Boafo said.

He said he was surprised when officers arrived and asked him to get out of the car.

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“They cited me even though I had called them to the scene,” Boafo said.

The violation happened on Feb. 6 at around 1:50 a.m. and was filed two days later by Maryland State Police. According to the police report, the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol when he approached the car. Then around 2:17 a.m., Boafo was arrested and taken to College Park barrack for processing.

An anonymous email was sent to the City Council and The Capital Monday morning discussing the charge against Boafo.

During public comment at the council meeting, residents wrote in support of Boafo after an anonymous email went out on Monday morning regarding the citing.

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According to online court records, a motion to suppress and a request for a breath technician were both filed on Feb. 11. He was charged with driving under the influence and negligent driving, according to the police report.

Residents wrote in wanting to wait until all information on the situation was released and not rushing to the judgment of the councilmember representing District 3.

“As a white man, if I called the police to assist with setting up safety measures like Boafo said to protect other drivers, the cops would never question me,” wrote Bruce Fergurson, a former cop. “This isn’t surprising when the majority of Black people have personally experienced unfair treatment at the hands of the police.”

Twenty-one members of the NAACP Prince George’s County bureau that live in Bowie, Clinton and Upper Marlboro wrote into the meeting in the support of Boafo and suggesting the anonymous email revealing the charge is linked to politics.

“A smear campaign intended to make him look bad, somebody should look into that,” wrote the members.

They also wrote they can’t imagine being penalized for doing the right thing.

“As an elected official, I believe that every person is entitled to due process. We expect this will go before the court and look forward to resolving this issue. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on my work for the people of Bowie,” Boafo wrote in a statement.

The City Council was aware of the charge before the email went out, according to Boafo.

“This is a legal matter to be addressed by the courts. The council remains focused on its work serving the people of the City of Bowie,” Mayor Tim Adams wrote in a statement.

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