- The Enterprise
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The case against Arian L. Howard, who is being charged in connection with a single-vehicle accident in which alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, was forward to Calvert County Circuit Court after a preliminary hearing March 4 in district court.
Howard, 23, of Millersville was charged Jan. 25 with negligent homicide driving under the influence and negligent homicide driving while impaired for events that led to the death of a 25-year-old Owings man.
Sgt. Bortchevsky, coordinator of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction team, testified during the preliminary hearing that deputies responded at about 11:16 p.m. Jan. 22 to Lower Marlboro Road and Academy Drive for a reported serious accident. He said deputies found a 2000 Ford Ranger pick-up truck in the front yard of a home on Lower Marlboro Road and a man lying in the grass several feet from the vehicle.
The driver, Howard, was driving west on Lower Marlboro Road near Academy Drive and as the vehicle went around the curve, Howard allegedly lost control for an unknown reason, Bortchevsky said, adding that the case is still under investigation. The vehicle crossed the double yellow line, went off the roadway and became airborne, he said.
The vehicle landed and rolled over several times, during which time the passenger, Mark E. Grace III, was ejected from the vehicle, slid through the yard and came to rest against a tree.
Bortchevsky said deputies spoke with Howard, who said she was driving. Deputies then approached the vehicle and saw a half gallon of rum that was almost empty in the passenger seat of the truck, according to charging documents. When deputies asked how much Howard had to drink that night, she allegedly told them she had four beers, charging documents state.
Deputies saw Howard had “glassy eyes and a strong odor of an alcohol beverage on her breath,” according to charging documents. Bortchevsky testified EMS personnel began to treat Howard and placed her on a backboard, and deputies performed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, which she allegedly failed.
Howard was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center where she was interviewed by deputies, Bortchevsky said. He said blood was taken from Howard and sent to the Maryland State Police Lab to be analyzed.
Grace was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital and later taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He died in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, Bortchevsky said.