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Md. lawmaker’s blood sample taken after boat collision

SANDY POINT — A police spokesman says a Maryland lawmaker was operating a boat that was in a collision causing serious injuries, and a blood sample was taken from him because investigators believe alcohol could have been a factor.

Capt. Jerry Kirkwood, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, said Thursday the sample was taken after Delegate Don Dwyer was taken to a Baltimore Hospital.

Kirkwood says it’s standard procedure for a blood sample to be taken from a boat operator in an accident involving potential life-threatening injuries.

Kirkwood did not elaborate on what made investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor. He says it could range from smelling alcohol or observing containers.

Six people including Dwyer were hospitalized after the accident on the Magothy River near Gibson island Wednesday evening.