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Treasurer charged with DUI

December 06, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Washington County Treasurer Todd Lakin Hershey faces alcohol and speeding charges after he was pulled over by Maryland State Police Tuesday evening on Sharpsburg Pike.

Hershey, 49, of Keedysville, was spotted at 7:17 p.m. by Trooper 1st Class M.S. Hegedus northbound near Spielman Road traveling 70 mph in a 50 mph zone, according to Washington County District Court records.

After Hershey pulled over his 2004 Toyota Corolla, he produced his driver's license and told the trooper he was sorry, according to District Court records.

Detecting an odor of alcohol on Hershey's breath, Hegedus asked him to get out of his car and perform a field sobriety test, which he failed, court records allege.

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Hegedus asked Hershey if he had been drinking and Hershey said he'd had a couple of glasses of scotch approximately one hour before the traffic stop.

A preliminary breath test at the scene resulted in a .11 blood alcohol level, court records allege. At the state police barracks, Hershey submitted to another test which resulted in .17, records say.

The legal limit in Maryland is .08.

Hershey was taken to the District Court Commissioner's office, where he was formally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and speeding.

He was released on personal recognizance.

A trial date prior of Feb. 18 has been set in Washington County District Court.

"I believe I have an illness and I am now addressing my problem," Hershey said by telephone Friday morning. "I've disappointed myself and a lot of people but I will learn from this experience and turn it into a positive step."

Hershey said he is thankful to have good friends in the community and a supportive family.

A check was run for any prior criminal record or pending cases in Maryland and none was found, court records said.

A Democrat, Hershey first ran for Washington County treasurer in 1986. Elected that year, he has completed five terms in the nonpartisan office and was re-elected in 2006, running unopposed.

The initial appearance questionnaire filed with court papers said Hershey's annual salary was $60,000.

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