Stevensville man found guilty of drunk driv­ing

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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.

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