Martin O’Malley was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in August 1987 but was later found not guilty of the offense, aides to the Baltimore mayor said last night, responding to media inquiries.
O’Malley, the Democratic nominee for governor in Maryland, was a 24-year-old law student at the University of Maryland at the time. The arrest occurred in the early morning as O’Malley was returning to his parents’ home in Montgomery County, aides said.
O’Malley could be disbarred if he did not disclose the charge of driving under the influence, of which he was found not guilty, to the Maryland Bar Association.
Guess who was blamed for O’Malley’s arrest and possible disbarment:
Aides to O’Malley blamed the media interest on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s campaign. O’Malley is challenging the Republican incumbent in the Nov. 7 election and has been leading in polls.
Yes, it’s all Ehrlich’s fault that O’Malley was pulled over under suspicion of driving drunk and then lied about it for almost 20 years.
The Washington Post endorses Gov. Ehrlich.
UPDATE: I changed the post to remove references to DUI because it may confuse the reader that I was implying O’Malley was found guilty of a DUI, even though it is noted that he was not guilty.