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Frawley hearings scheduled
Ousted UMW President William Frawley scheduled to appear in court

View the criminal complaint from Frawley's Fredericksburg court file.

Date published: 9/17/2007


Administrators at the University of Mary Washington rarely mention ousted President William Frawley at meetings or other formal gatherings.

Occasionally, someone will connect his name with an initiative.

At a board of visitors retreat over the summer at Lansdowne, near Leesburg, a member offered thanks to the person who chose the location. She didn't know who it was.

An administrator across the table silently mouthed, "Frawley" and signaled for her to change the subject.

But this week, Frawley may be back in the limelight--five months after he was arrested for drunken driving twice in two days.

He's scheduled to face those charges tomorrow in Fredericksburg and Friday in Fairfax County.

Scheduled court appearances in both localities have been postponed twice already. Frawley's defense attorneys did not return calls seeking comment, but both cases were still on the court's dockets Friday afternoon.

Fredericksburg Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Sharp has said Frawley's July 19 trial was continued because the prosecution hadn't received blood-test results subpoenaed from Mary Washington Hospital.

Earlier this month, he subpoenaed two Mary Washington Hospital employees--an emergency room doctor and the medical director of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Sharp could not be reached for comment.

The defense has subpoenaed at least two UMW employees, including Acting Provost Nina Mikhalevsky, who was Frawley's first hire as president. She worked for him at George Washington University's College of Arts and Sciences.

On April 11 in Fredericksburg, Frawley was arrested after a fellow motorist called police to report he was swerving his car into oncoming traffic and driving across the Chatham Bridge with his right front tire missing.

He told a police officer he had consumed six bottles of cough medicine, according to a police report.

The woman who called police is scheduled to testify in court.

On April 10, Frawley was charged with driving while intoxicated in Fairfax after he flipped a vehicle owned by the university's private foundation.

His blood alcohol content was 2 times the legal limit when he overturned the car in Fairfax, according to court documents.

Those documents also say that a police officer pulled nine unidentified bottles from the car, eight of them containing liquid.

Two of the bottles containing liquid were analyzed by the Department of Forensic Science. One came back as 2.7 percent alcohol and a second one came back as 12.4 percent, according to the results.

The court file did not identify the substances. In general, a bottle of table wine is about 12 percent alcohol by volume while a Budweiser beer is about 5 percent.

Since his firing, Frawley has requested a mediator to possibly work out a monetary settlement with UMW. The mediator met with board of visitors members at their retreat this summer but no settlement has been reached.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com