PG liquor board chair ar­rested for DUI near casino

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY AN­DREW BLAKE

The chair­man of Prince Ge­orge’s County liquor board was ar­rested and charged with drunken driv­ing Thurs­day night af­ter be­com­ing in­volved in a fender ben­der out­side the new MGM Na­tional Harbor Re­sort & Casino on its open­ing night.

Prince Ge­orge’s County Po­lice said Charles W. Cald­well III, 72, was charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and reck­less driv­ing af­ter fail­ing a field so­bri­ety test Thurs­day evening a stone’s throw from the new casino.

Po­lice Cpl. La­mar Robin­son told WTOP Ra­dio that of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to re­ports of a three­car crash out­side the casino Thurs­day night when one of­fi­cer no­ticed that one of the driv­ers in­volved, Mr. Cald­well, “had a strong odor of an al­co­holic bev­er­age on his body.”

Mr. Cald­well re­fused to sub­mit to a Breath­a­lyzer at the scene, but was given a field so­bri­ety test and failed, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

He sub­se­quently was taken into cus­tody at around 11:40 p.m., less than one hour af­ter the new casino of­fi­cially had opened its doors for the first time.

Speak­ing to a lo­cal Fox af­fil­i­ate af­ter­wards, Mr. Cald­well said he had con­sumed one or two cock­tails dur­ing the grand open­ing event.

Age, not in­tox­i­ca­tion, re­sulted in Mr. Cald­well fail­ing the field so­bri­ety test, he told re­porters.

“I’m 72 turn­ing 73 next week, and I’m a lit­tle un­steady on my feet,” he told The Washington Post.

“This was blown out of pro­por­tion,” Mr. Cald­well told Fox5, adding “I be­lieve they made a mis­take” in ref­er­ence to the of­fi­cers who con­ducted the field so­bri­ety test.

Mr. Cald­well said he took a Breath­a­lyzer test upon be­ing trans­ferred to a po­lice sta­tion, but that the results were “in­con­clu­sive.”

Mr. Cald­well has served as the chair­man of the Board of Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers for Prince Ge­orge’s County since be­ing ap­pointed by Repub­li­can Gov. Larry Ho­gan in March 2015.

The five-mem­ber board, all gu­ber­na­to­rial ap­pointees, are tasked with en­forc­ing the state’s al­co­hol and bev­er­age laws across Prince Ge­orge’s County, which in­cludes the newly un­veiled MGM casino in Oxon Hill.

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