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Release Date: February 26, 2013
Contact: Joseph I. Cassilly, State's Attorney, 410.638.3500, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
DRUGGED DRIVER WHO MAIMED WOMAN GOES TO JAIL
On February 25, 2013, Herman Ziemann V, age 28, of Joppa, Maryland pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Harford County in front of Judge Stephen Waldron to one count of Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Dangerous Substances Causing Life Threatening Injury and one count of Driving on a Revoked License and Privilege. The charges related to an accident which occurred on Interstate 95 on June 28, 2011, which caused the victim, Rebecca Welsh, to require surgery to amputate both of her legs just below her knee.
Witnesses reported to police that Ziemann was traveling at a high rate of speed on the right shoulder of Interstate 95 when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed over three lanes and striking the rear passenger side of Ms. Welsh’s vehicle with the front driver’s side of the vehicle he was operating. Ziemann’s blood kit results showed he had Clonazepam metabolites, Methadone, and Cocaine metabolites at the time of the accident.
On the Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Dangerous Substances charge, Ziemann received the maximum sentence of two years of incarceration in the Division of Corrections and a $3000 fine. On the second charge of Driving on a Revoked License, Ziemann received a one year sentence, all of which was suspended, with 5 years of supervised probation. Judge Waldron also ordered Ziemann to pay a $1000 fine on that charge, to complete 1000 of community work service and substance abuse evaluation and treatment as directed, and to submit to random urinalysis as conditions of his probation.
The victim was satisfied by the sentence under the circumstances, but wished that the statutes allowed for a higher sentence.
State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Alison Healy and the Maryland State Police investigators for their efforts on this case.