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Ousted UMW president gets probation on DUI
Ousted UMW President William Frawley receives supervised probation for third drunken-driving arrest in a year

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Date published: 1/10/2009


Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley received three years' supervised probation Thursday in Montgomery County (Md.) District Court on drunken-driving charges, a court official said yesterday.

The April 10, 2008, drunken-driving arrest was his third in a year.

Frawley pleaded not guilty but was sentenced to "probation before judgment," which means he can have the charge expunged from his record if he completes the terms of his probation. That includes treatment at an alcohol-rehabilitation center.

He also must pay a $307.50 fine and drive with a restricted license, the Montgomery County court official said.

Frawley, 55, was charged with drunken driving in Montgomery County exactly a year after the first of two arrests for driving under the influence, in Fairfax County and Fredericksburg, that led to his firing from UMW.

In the Fairfax case, the judge said he would "not hesitate" to send Frawley to jail for 30 days if he broke the terms of his yearlong probation. It's unclear whether the judge will impose the suspended sentence, but he has that option, an official in the Fairfax commonwealth's attorney's office said yesterday.

Frawley's blood alcohol content in Montgomery County was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit, according to a police report.

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 side of the car.

Frawley was fired "for cause" as UMW's president on April 30, 2007.

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