Stevensville man found guilty of drunk driving
CENTREVILLE — A Stevensville man was found guilty Aug. 15 of drunk driving after showing up for court intoxicated back in March.
Scott Alan Harlow, 56, of Petinot Drive appeared in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court for a bench trial March 31 on multiple traffic charges. The trial was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., but Harlow didn’t arrive until after 3 p.m., according to the state’s attorney’s office. He had called to say he’d be late.
When Harlow arrived, he was stumbling and unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred, said Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson.
Due to the Harlow’s condition, the court was unable to conduct the trial and Harlow was held pending application for a SCRAM bracelet, which reports alcohol consumption based on transdermal testing.
After the matter was concluded on March 31, Richardson went to the Queen Anne’s County District Court and contacted the facilities manager, Robert Ross. Ross pulled footage from the parking garage, which showed Harlow driving his red Chevrolet pickup truck. The driving was erratic and unpredictable, Richardson said.
Further, Harlow was observed stumbling through the garage after parking and using a vehicle for support and balance once he was outside of the garage.
Based on Richardson’s observations, he filed for charges: driving under the influence of alcohol/ driving while impaired by alcohol, and driving while suspended.
When the case was set for trial on July 13, Harlow prayed a jury trial. Afterward, he filed a request to have the matter heard by the court, instead of a jury. Additionally, he asked that Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross recuse himself because he had witnessed Harlow in his intoxicated state on March 31. So Ross assigned the trial to District Court Judge Frank M. Kratovil Jr., who is cross-designated to hear some matters in the Circuit Court.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Christine Dulla Rickard. Harlow was represented by Matthew Crouch from the Law Offices of Daniel Rosendale.
Both Richardson and Ross testified Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the bench trial. Kratovil, after hearing their testimony and viewing the surveillance footage from the parking garage, found Harlow guilty of all charges.
After learning Harlow had served 11 days, from March 31 until April 10, in the detntion center, based on appearing intoxicated in court, Kratovil sentenced Harlow to a year, execution of that sentence suspended as to all but 10 days to serve for the driving under the influence of alcohol and one year, consecutive, execution of that sentence suspended.
Harlow will be on supervised probation for 24 months through the Drinking and Driving Monitor Program. He is ordered to complete a substance abuse treatment program and a MADD Victim Impact Panel meeting; further, he is required to get an alcohol restriction on his license and participate in the ignition interlock program.
Harlow has a prior probation before judgment for driving while impaired in 2004. The charges from the March 31 case were all placed on the inactive docket.