Impallaria Must Go

As you by now have heard, Delegate Rick Impallaria was arrested last night for DWI in Ocean City.

A state delegate who represents Baltimore and Harford counties was arrested inOcean City on Thursday night and charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, court records show.

Del. Richard K. Impallaria, a Republican who has been in office since 2003, was cited after being stopped at about 8:15 p.m. on 82nd Street, records show.

Impallaria, 53 of Essex, is among numerous state and county officials who are in Ocean City this week for the Maryland Association of Counties convention.

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According to Ocean City Police, officers saw Impallaria get into and start his Ford Ranger pickup, which was illegally parked in the 100 block of 82nd Street. Officers saw an open container of alcohol inside his truck, police said. Impallaria then “failed to complete the field sobriety tests completely,” police said.

You generally have to be a knucklehead to drive while under the influence. You have to be even dumber to do so with an open container in your car. And I can’t even explain how silly it is to do all of those things in Ocean City, during the MACO Conference, what’s ostensible a taxpayer funded meeting of county governments that is infamous for devolving into alcohol fueled bacchanalia.

Impallaria has often been tied up in nannystatist ideas, siding with the Democrats on Martin O’Malley’s slots proposal, Democratic trial lawyers on higher fees, and the infamous HB 1513.

Needless to say that Rick Impallaria’s conduct, if true,  is unbecoming of a member of the House of Delegates, regardless of his party. Impallaria should resign from the House of Delegates immediately.

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