Accokeek man pleads guilty to DUI per se
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.