DWI HIT PARADE: Ann Marie Nial-Owens blasted through a fatal crash scene to win her 4th DWI arrest

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DWI HIT PARADE: Ann Marie Nial-Owens blasted through a fatal crash scene to win her 4th DWI arrest

LEONARDTOWN, MD. – How blasted does a driver have to be to not notice the dozens of swirling emergency lights emanating from a dozen fire trucks, police cruisers, and ambulances? The Maryland State Police report that a St. Mary’s City woman blasted into and through a crash scene on Rt. 5 on Nov. 26, 2018, that had taken the life of a driver whose vehicle had been hit head-on by another vehicle which crossed over the center line.

Police say that Maryland TFC A. Oyler was assisting the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department patrol officers with a fatal accident on Rt. 5 north of Fairgrounds Road.

While the road was blocked due to reconstruction, Ann Marie Owens, 42, of 48040 Freehold Drive, St. Mary’s City, Md., drove through the fatal accident scene.

TFC Allison Oyler conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and upon making contact with Owens, a strong odor of alcohol was detected.  Police say that Owens became belligerent and uncooperative, refused a breath test to determine exactly how many sheets to the wind this alleged dangerous driver had to be to blow through a crash scene. Perhaps her experience with three prior DUI arrests, as reported by the Maryland State Police, helped guide her in her decisions.

Owens was taken to the slammer at the Hotel St. Mary’s and jailed on charges of DUI. Owens has a court date set for Jan. 19, 2019. A public defender eligibility certificate has been issued, letting the Maryland taxpayers, who she endangered have the privilege of paying for her legal representation.

  • On Jan. 28, 2016, Owens was cited by St. Mary’s Sheriff Deputy David Potter with driving while suspended while operating a 2003 Cadillac on Rt. S235 near St. Jerome’s Neck Road and on April 6, 2016, St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz dropped the charge.
  • On Oct. 12, 2015, Owens was arrested by Maryland State Trooper Murphy as she operated a 2004 Ford southbound on Md. Rt. 5 north of Willows Road and cited her for reckless driving and DWI. In a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Fritz arranged by her lawyer, Kevin J. McDevitt, of Leonardtown, on Dec. 9, 2015, she got off scot-free. THE DEAL: The DWI charge was dropped by Fritz, and she entered a guilty plea to reckless driving in return for NO TIME in jail and a fine of $484.50. Fritz agreed to suspend $260.00 of the fine. An additional charge of failing to drive on the right side of the roadway was dropped by Fritz.

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