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Man tests positive for alcohol after leaving hearing for DUI

A Harford County man convicted of driving while under the influence in 2011 tested positive for alcohol within an hour of leaving a violation of probation hearing Wednesday.

Joseph Ryland Waterman Jr., 38, of Edgewood, admitted to violating his probation in a 2011 DUI case by not reporting properly and not submitting documentation to prove he was complying with the terms of his probation.

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Senior Assistant State's Attorney Amy Blank Ocampo offered to postpone sentencing Waterman to allow him to comply with the court's orders but asked that he be monitored by pretrial services in the meantime.

"I'm going out on a limb," she told Judge Michael M. Galloway.

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During the lunch recess, however, Ocampo received notice that when Waterman reported to pretrial services, he recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.13. She spoke with public defender Diane Lach, who represents Waterman, and Lach asked him to return to court Wednesday afternoon.

Ocampo recalled the case after lunch and requested that Waterman's bond be revoked.

"The state is concerned that he came to court with that level of alcohol in his system," she said.

Lach said her client was nervous Wednesday morning and said he took two shots of vodka.

"I'm sorry," Waterman said. "I was real nervous coming in."

Galloway released Waterman but ordered him to use a "Sobrietor," a hand-held remote alcohol-monitoring device.

"Any further positives and we'll just issue a warrant," Galloway said.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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