ELKTON — Cecil County Executive Alan J. McCarthy was arrested and charged with drunken driving and other traffic offenses late Thursday night after a traffic stop on an Elkton-area road, according to police.
The traffic stop occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on Augustine Herman Highway (Route 213), near Spears Hill Road, south of Elkton, after an MSP trooper saw a black southbound Infiniti “weaving back and forth across the center and side lines,” police reported.
“When Trooper Kyle Eby approached the driver and the sole occupant of the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. He initiated an investigation for driving under the influence, and at about 11:20 p.m., arrested the driver. The driver was identified as Alan Judson McCarthy, 69, of Chesapeake City,” Ron Snyder, an MSP spokesman, explained in a written statement that the agency released in response to media inquiries.
The trooper transported McCarthy to the North East Barrack, where McCarthy was processed and issued traffic citations charging him with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions, failure to drive a vehicle on the right half of a roadway when required and negligent driving of a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner endangering property, life and person, police said.
Maryland’s online court records system indicates that McCarthy is also facing charges of driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol and reckless driving of a vehicle in wanton and willful disregard for safety of persons and property.
After signing the citations — which is not an admission of guilt — McCarthy was released to a sober driver, police added.
Because MSP considers information regarding whether any tests were administered during this investigation and what the results of those tests were to be evidentiary, the agency declined to release that information.
On Friday afternoon, a statement from Director of Administration Al Wein said, “County administration has been informed that on October 27, 2017, Dr. McCarthy was stopped and issued traffic citations by the Maryland State Police. Dr. McCarthy was transported to the State Police Barracks in North East and shortly thereafter released on his own recognizance. Dr. McCarthy has since been in-office performing his regular duties, and shall continue doing so moving forward.”
McCarthy made a public appearance during the National Drug Take Back Day event at Elkton High School on Saturday, a day after the release of Wein’s written statement and less than two days after the county executive’s arrest.
And as scheduled, McCarthy spoke at the podium in front of wide range of county, state and federal leaders and officials — including President Trump appointee Richard Baum, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Informally called “the drug czar,” Baum is believed to be the highest ranking White House official to visit Cecil County since President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, when he appeared for the dedication of Interstate 95.
At the start of McCarthy’s speech, which dealt mainly with the community impact of addiction, he commented, “I am speaking about a subject that, unfortunately, I know too much about.”
McCarthy, after his speech, declined to comment on the record about Thursday night’s traffic stop, the charges against him and all other aspects about the case.