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Carl Snowden Arrested For Third DUI Offense

| June 08, 2010, 10:42 PM | 4 Comments

Carl Snowden is in the news again today. It seems that he was picked up for driving while intoxicated early this morning on his way back from Baltimore where he only had “one drink” according to The Baltimore Sun.

Snowden is a former Annapolis City Alderman, the current Chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA), and is employed by the State of Maryland in the Attorney General’s office as the Director of Civil Rights.

While no one should drive while impaired, people might look the other way–once. However, this is Snowden’s third arrest for a DUI!

According to electronic court records, Snowden seems to have many problems operating vehicles. In the last 9 months:

  • March 2010. Baltimore City. Failure to apply for replacement for mutilated license. Open case.
  • October 2009. Annapolis City. Failure to display license. Guilty $40 fine.
  • February 2010. Baltimore City. Failure to turn off car, set brake and lock ignition. Open case.

While there are laws on the books, it seems odd that a police officer is looking for running cars without the emergency brake or people with a mutilated license. Were there other more significant charges which were overlooked?

According to The Baltimore Sun, Kenny Kirby, Alderman for Annapolis’ 6th Ward stands behind Snowden and claims that “It shouldn’t have any impact. He’s a good friend of mine. … He’s on top of his game.”

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  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    I don’t believe that people should look the other way, even the first time. It has been estimated that by the time a drunk driver is arrested the first time, he or she has likely driven drunk between 200 and 2000 times. This was the estimate used by the MVA. MADD uses an average of 87 times. Either way, that’s a lot of drunk driving before someone is finally arrested. The reason not to look the other way is not solely to punish, although some punishment is certainly in order, but also to help the offender. Obviously these offenders have a problem if they are incapable of not drinking when they know they will have to drive, or at least stopping at one drink and then waiting to leave. Combine the punishment with a requirement for treatment, and if it doesn’t work, ensure they won’t get behind the wheel of a car again. The life of the offender and all he or she will come in contact with are too precious to risk.

  2. milo says:

    Isn’t it ironic that the Attorney General, Doug Gansler, in his official biography on the Maryland Attorney General Web site, states among his many accolades as a prosecutor, that, “As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Gansler’s most notable case was the successful prosecution of a drunk-driving diplomat who killed a 16-year-old Maryland girl near Dupont Circle, in Washington, D.C.” Yet this same man refuses to acknowledge, never mind prosecute, the third DUI offense of his trusted Civil Rights Division Director, whom he appointed. If he does nothing, as it appears to be the case, they both should be removed from office.

  3. John Frenaye says:

    It was also announced today that no candidate stepped to the plate to challenge him, so he is essentially assured another 4 year term

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