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Police: Dwyer assaulted by neighbor Sunday

Del. Don Dwyer's latest troubles began a few days before a DUI charge Tuesday.

On Sunday afternoon, the Pasadena Republican was bitten by a neighbor's bulldog, smacked across the face, tossed into the water, and offered a PCP-dipped cigarette, Anne Arundel County police said.

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Dwyer refused the cigarette.

A police report says Dwyer was assaulted by 49-year-old neighbor Brian Lucabaugh, whom police suspect of being under the influence of PCP at the time.

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Lucabaugh lives near Dwyer on Twickenham Road in Pasadena.

He commanded his 100-pound American bulldog Rocky to attack the three-term delegate, police said. The dog bit Dwyer. Then Lucabaugh threw Dwyer into the water, according to the report.

Dwyer could not be reached for comment. No one answered the door at Dwyer's home on Tuesday afternoon.

Dwyer was charged early Tuesday morning with driving under the influence of alcohol. That charge comes two weeks after Dwyer pleaded guilty in a drunken boating incident that injured seven people last August.

The police report does not say what prompted the assault. But Dwyer told officers that Lucabaugh became enraged when Dwyer refused a cigarette from Lucabaugh.

Lucabaugh was trying to get Dwyer to smoke a PCP-dipped cigarette without his knowledge, police said.

And the police report said Lucabaugh repeatedly called Dwyer the devil.

Neighbor Richard Catania Jr. said Lucabaugh held a knife up to him and said, "Do you know what you do with the devil? You know what to do," according to the report.

Catania said he believed Lucabaugh wanted him to take the knife and attack Dwyer, police said.

Lucabaugh was taken to the Eastern District police station holding facility and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and possession of PCP.

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