A Maryland Judge has been charged with driving under the influence after allegedly causing a two-vehicle accident and then failing a field sobriety test in the aftermath of the car crash. The judge’s blood alcohol content was 0.18 – 0.10 above the legal limit in Maryland.
The Herald-Mail reported that Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III had been charged by Hagerstown police with a DUI on November 6. Police Captain Mark Holtzman also said that the driver of the other vehicle suffered neck and back injuries in the accident.
Boone, who was cooperative with police, was driving an SUV on North Prospect St. in Hagerstown just before 8 pm when he lost control of his car, crossed the center yellow line, and hit a car driven by Cherina Rivers and occupied by a three-year-old in a car seat who was not injured.
After police responded to the two-vehicle Maryland accident, officers smelled alcohol on the judge’s breath, preformed field sobriety tests, and took the man to the Hagerstown Police Department.
Boone has announced that he will not preside over criminal cases until his charges have been settled. He said that he was on his way to a meeting on the night of the accident after drinking an estimated five glasses of wine. Reports also say that Boone handles dozens of drunk driving cases each year – and that he believes that he has handled all of his cases fairly. Late last year, Boone also faced controversy after making several inappropriate remarks.