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Maryland state delegate charged with driving while impaired in Ocean City

State Del. Richard K. Impallaria charged with DWI in Ocean City.

A state delegate who represents Baltimore and Harford counties was arrested in Ocean City on Thursday night and charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, court records show.

Del. Richard K. Impallaria, a Republican who has been in office since 2003, was cited after being stopped at about 8:15 p.m. on 82nd Street, records show.

Impallaria, 53 of Essex, is among numerous state and county officials who are in Ocean City this week for the Maryland Association of Counties convention.

According to Ocean City Police, officers saw Impallaria get into and start his Ford Ranger pickup, which was illegally parked in the 100 block of 82nd Street. Officers saw an open container of alcohol inside his truck, police said. Impallaria then "failed to complete the field sobriety tests completely," police said.

Officers arrested Impallaria and drove him to the Ocean City Public Safety Building, where he took an alcohol concentration test and was found to have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.07 percent. He was cited with driving while impaired by alcohol and released.

Driving while impaired is Maryland's secondary charge for drinking and driving. Had Impallaria tested at a level of 0.08, he would have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a more serious offense.

Impallaria could not immediately be reached for comment.


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