A Maryland lawmaker admitted that he was drinking before operating a motorboat that collided with another vessel, injuring him and five others.
Delegate Don Dwyer said at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Shock Trauma in Baltimore that he regretted his actions, saying no one should ever drink and operate a motor vehicle or powerboat. He reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .02.
Dwyer did not take questions at the news conference, where he appeared in a wheelchair, with an Ace bandage on his left foot.
Del. Donald Dwyer of Pasadena was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment after the accident, where police took a blood sample. He was listed in serious condition late Wednesday night.
Maryland Natural Resources Police say the two motorboats collided about 7 p.m. Wednesday night, causing one to sink. People living nearby used their own boats to help rescue those injured.
A department spokesman says two boys, aged 12 and 7, and a 5-year-old girl were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Trauma Center in serious condition. A 10-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with less serious injuries. Two other adults were also injured. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening on Thursday.