Baltimore County GOP Delegate Rick Impallaria was found guiltyguilty on Wednesday of driving while impaired by a Worcester County judge. The events which led to the charges happened in Ocean City in August.
Del. Richard Impallaria, R-Baltimore County, has been found guilty of driving while impaired in an incident that occurred in Ocean City in August.
Impallaria was found guilty in Worcester County Circuit Court after a trial on Wednesday, according to online court records.
The three-term member of the House of Delegates was stopped by an Ocean City police officer shortly after 8 p.m. on Aug. 18 after being seen getting into Impallaria’s illegally parked Ford Ranger pickup truck.
The officer who approached Impallaria, who was parked on 82nd street near the Ropewalk restaurant, saw an open container of alcohol in the car and detected “moderate odor of alcohol on his breath and his person,” an Ocean City police spokeswoman said in August.
The delegate had been at the popular beach restaurant and bar attending a Republican reception during the annual Maryland Association of Counties summer convention.
Impallaria failed to complete a series of field sobriety tests. He was arrested at the scene. The delegate later agreed to an alcohol concentration test and was found to have a blood concentration of .07, according to police.
Sentencing on the conviction will be held at a later date.