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Dune joyride goes 20 blocks

Federalsburg driver says he can’t recall getting behind wheel
By Brian Gilliland | Nov 09, 2017
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(Nov. 10, 2017) Daniel Silvers, 47, of Federalsburg, Maryland, told police he blames a mixture of prescription medication and alcoholic beverages consumed Saturday evening for a nearly 20-block joyride along the dunes between 118th Street and 99th Street  when he was discovered early Sunday morning.

Police answered a report of a vehicle on the beach at almost 6 a.m. Sunday, where Pfc. Adam Lapinski discovered Silvers apparently asleep behind the wheel of the still-running Ford Explorer that was stuck in reverse. Lapinski saw the front bumper was missing and the front fender was damaged on the passenger’s side.

Lapinski also reported he could smell alcohol as soon as he approached the vehicle, which only got worse as he woke Silvers and began speaking with him. According to the statement of probable cause, Lapinski escorted Silvers to a nearby parking lot to conduct field sobriety tests.

Silvers reportedly told Lapinski he had been to a local nightclub earlier in the evening, and took a bus to a friend’s house on 114th Street at some point. He admitted to getting into his vehicle, but couldn’t recall when and couldn’t recall driving.

Silvers, Lapinski noted, did not adequately complete the sobriety tests, and was arrested for driving while impaired by alcohol.

Back at the station, Silvers submitted to a breath test, where he blew a .16, and, according to Lapinski, admitted he was taking prescription medication he was advised not to pair with alcohol.

Another officer, Pfc. Joe Centofranchi, retraced the path of Silvers’ apparent joyride and reported the results to Lapinski, explaining he discovered 13 sites along the path where Silvers allegedly entered the beach at 118th Street and then left a trail of signs, fences, and garbage cans he ran into along the way.

Silvers is charged with driving while under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding .08 percent, driving while impaired by alcohol, driving under conditions where the vehicle cannot be operated safely, failure to stop after a property damage accident and failure to notify a property owner after an accident.

He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Worcester County District Court on Dec. 21.

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