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Liquor Control Board Chairman Gets DUI Outside MGM National Harbor Casino During Grand Opening

Man Says Age, Not Alcohol, Led To Failed Field Sobriety Test


MGM’s new $1.4 billion casino right outside Washington, D.C. opened Thursday with much success. However, it apparently wasn’t a good evening for the man in charge of regulating alcohol in the county where the massive casino sits.

According to a report from the Washington Times, the chairman of Prince George’s County liquor board was arrested for a DUI outside the casino on opening night. Charles Caldwell, 72, was involved in a minor traffic accident.

Police said that Caldwell failed a field sobriety test. However, he said that he only had two drinks and that his age was the reason he failed the field sobriety test.

“I’m 72 turning 73 next week, and I’m a little unsteady on my feet,” he said to the Washington Post.

According to law enforcement, Caldwell “had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his body.” He refused a breathalyzer at the scene.

In addition to the DUI charge, Caldwell is facing a reckless driving charge. According to reports, there was heavy traffic congestion around the casino.

MGM National Harbor was the sixth casino to open in Maryland in six years. Tens of thousands of people came to the casino on its grand opening night. MGM reportedly had to turn away thousands of gamblers after it reached capacity just an hour after opening.