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Details from arrest of William Frawley

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Date published: 4/30/2008


The blood alcohol content of ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley was more than twice the legal limit when he was charged this month with drunk driving in Maryland, according to a police report.

On April 10, Frawley agreed to take a breath test after failing a field sobriety test in Montgomery County, the report states. He blew a 0.18. The legal limit is 0.08.

Police say they found him asleep in his Toyota Camry, which was parked, but with keys in the ignition and the engine running. They found various bottles of alcohol on the passenger's side of the car. Frawley, 54, cooperated with the officers' requests, according to the report. His latest arrest came exactly a year after the first of two driving-under-the-influence charges in Virginia that led to his firing.

Frawley has not responded to an e-mail from The Free Lance-Star. The Montgomery police report lists his occupation as a computer consultant.

He could spend 30 days in jail in Fairfax County, where he was arrested for DUI last April 10, for violating the terms of his one-year probation there, said Fredericksburg Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Sharp.

On the night of his most recent arrest, Frawley told police that he pulled over because he was depressed after attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, the report states. He said he had not been drinking.

Frawley had trouble finding the button to put the window down, the report says, and he talked slowly and incoherently.

At the request of a police officer, Frawley got out of his car, the report states. He was wearing one shoe and put the other on after an officer told him to do so.

Police say his breath smelled like alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. Officers reported they stood near Frawley to make sure he didn't fall because he was stumbling.

On the way to the police station, Frawley thanked an officer for stopping him from driving, the report states. Police took Frawley's license and released him in the station's lobby.

A court date for that case has not been set.

Yesterday morning, Montgomery County District Judge William G. Simmons granted Frawley's wife, Maria, a yearlong restraining order, according to separate court documents.

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