OXON HILL, MD. – The new casino on the banks of the Potomac river close to Washington Harbor filled to overflowing on its first full day of operations Friday, giving an early indication that the $1.4 billion investment could yield a big payoff for Prince George’s County. However, on a sour note, the chairman of the Prince George’s County liquor commission was charged with DUI outside the MGM National Harbor resort in Oxon Hill, Maryland Thursday, police said.
Prince George’s County police responded to a report of an accident around 11:40 p.m. When they arrived, officers found Charles W Caldwell, III, behind the wheel with a “strong odor” of alcohol. Caldwell, 72, refused to take a breathalyzer test and police said he failed a field sobriety test.
He was arrested and charged with DUI and was released a few hours later.
Caldwell told the press that he’s going to fight the DUI because he was not “impaired.”
Police said three vehicles were involved in the crash and no one was injured.
Caldwell, of Bowie, had an unidentified passenger in his car.
No court date has been set yet.
In 2015, Former board leader Franklin D. Jackson refused to budge and pass the gavel to the new Chairman Mr. Charles W. Caldwell in what was considered a bizarre hand over. We covered his story here.
Most Prince George’s County citizenry and others in Washington DC metro area appear interested in pursuing gabbling as a hobby. MGM officials said more than 50,000 people had visited the resort by noon Friday, and later in the day they allowed newcomers into the building only as others left. They expected a weekend crush and urged those with hotel or dinner reservations to arrive early and those who lacked reservations to postpone visiting the resort until well after the grand opening weekend.