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Frawley facing DUI charge in Maryland
Former UMW President William Frawley arrested third time for drunken driving

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Date published: 4/29/2008


Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley was charged with drunken driving this month in Maryland, exactly a year after the first of two DUI arrests that led to his firing.

According to court records, police stopped Frawley at 10:50 p.m. on April 10 in Montgomery County, and charged him with driving under the influence. He had a Maryland license.

A trial date hasn't been set and Frawley, 54, hasn't retained a lawyer, according to an official with Montgomery County District Court.

He had not responded to an e-mail request for comment as of yesterday evening. No telephone number for him is listed.

In September, judges in Fairfax County and Fredericksburg convicted Frawley on DUI charges. Each suspended his license for a year, but it's not clear whether the suspensions carried over to Maryland.

Frawley was not charged with driving with a suspended license, based on court case information. Frawley's lawyer in Fairfax, Peter Greenspun, told The Free Lance-Star last year that his client's driving restrictions would eventually be enforced in Maryland. Frawley's last known address was in Chevy Chase, Md.

Fairfax County General District Court Judge Mitchell I. Mutnick gave Frawley a 30-day suspended sentence, in addition to a fine and probation. Mutnick warned Frawley not to break the terms of his yearlong probation, saying he would not hesitate to put him in jail for the 30 days he suspended. It's not clear whether the terms of the probation apply to other states.

Prosecutors in Fredericksburg and Fairfax could not be reached yesterday for comment.

On April 10, 2007, Frawley's blood alcohol content was 2 times the legal limit when he flipped his university-owned car in Fairfax, according to court documents.

He was arrested in Fredericksburg the next day, after a motorist called police to report he was swerving into oncoming traffic and driving across the Chatham Bridge with his right front tire missing.

Almost two months after his firing, Frawley was charged in Montgomery with unsafe lane-changing and failure to stop after an accident involving damage to an occupied vehicle, according to court documents. A court official said he received 90 days' probation.

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