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Owens v. State

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
611 A.2d 1043 (1992)


Facts

A police officer received a complaint about a suspicious truck in the area. Upon investigating, he found a truck matching the description parked in a private driveway with its lights on and the engine running. Owens (defendant) was asleep inside at the wheel with an open can of beer between his legs and two empty cans of beer in the backseat. Owens was in an incoherent state, and sobriety tests suggested he was intoxicated. He went to trial on the charge of driving drunk on a public highway. At trial, Owens did not dispute that he was drunk in the parked car but argued there was insufficient evidence to prove he had been driving drunk on a public highway. The trial court found him guilty.

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