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Criminal Law Keyed to Ohlin
Owens v. State
Citation:93 Md. App. 162 (1992)
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An officer responded to a complaint about a suspicious vehicle. It was parked in the driveway of a private residence. The car’s engine was on, and so were its lights. Owens was asleep in the driver’s seat with an open can of beer.
The officer woke him up, and he appeared confused and did not know where he was. There was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and he failed to recite the alphabet clearly. He denied to submit to a blood test for alcohol. Additionally, he had an alcohol restriction on his license.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated. At trial, the State’s only witness was the officer. Owens did not take the stand and no defense witnesses were called. He was found guilty.
He appealed, arguing that the evidence was not sufficient to support a conviction.
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