Ac­co­keek man pleads guilty to DUI per se

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — An Ac­co­keek man pleaded guilty July 28 in Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence in a De­cem­ber 2016 hit and run on the Kent Narrows Bridge.

Robert Colin Bear­den en­tered a plea of guilty to DUI per se, as sub­se­quent of­fender, be­fore re­tired Judge Sid­ney Cam­pen, ac­cord­ing to Queen Anne’s County As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Chris­tine Dulla Rickard.

On Dec. 30, 2016, Wal­ter C. Har­ri­son of Church Hill was trav­el­ing east on U.S. Routr 50 when Bear­den’s ve­hi­cle struck his and con­tin­ued driv­ing, Rickard said. Har­ri­son fol­lowed the ve­hi­cle un­til it stopped and Mary­land State Po­lice ar­rived. The traf­fic in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sulted in sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence per se for a .24 chem­i­cal breath test.

Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Dec. 22.

Bear­den’s crim­i­nal record in­cludes the fol­low­ing: 1993 con­vic­tions for sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and car­ry­ing a weapon with in­tent and two 2003 con­vic­tions for sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, Rickard said.

His mo­tor ve­hi­cle record con­sists of the fol­low­ing: 1992 con­vic­tion for driv­ing while sus­pended, 1994 pro­ba­tion be­fore judg­ment for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, 1995 con­vic­tion for driv­ing while sus­pended, 1996 con­vic­tion for flee and elude, 1999 con­vic­tion for driv­ing while im­paired, 2000 con­vic­tion for driv­ing while sus­pended, 2004 con­vic­tion for driv­ing while sus­pended, and a 2016 pro­ba­tion be­fore judg­ment for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or drugs/al­co­hol.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Bear­den is fac­ing se­ri­ous traf­fic and crim­i­nal charges stem­ming from a crash that oc­curred shortly af­ter he was re­leased from his ar­rest for the above-ref­er­enced of­fense on De­cem­ber 30, 2016. That mat­ter in­volved a mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion with se­ri­ous in­juries on the Bay Bridge head­ing west in Anne Arun­del County. That mat­ter is set for jury trial on Dec. 12 in Anne Arun­del County Cir­cuit Court.

Bear­den was rep­re­sented by Bren­dan Cal­la­han of the Law Of­fice of Robert Cas­tro from Waldorf. He is fac­ing up to two years of in­car­cer­a­tion here in Queen Anne’s County for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence per se, as a sub­se­quent of­fender.

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