The president of the Bar Association of Frederick County was arrested on drunken-driving charges earlier this month, according to court records.
Marshall Thomas Horman, 42, was pulled over while behind the wheel of a black Lexus GX 470 at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 10 in the 600 block of West Second Street, according to Frederick County District Court records. Horman was stopped for several traffic violations, said Capt. Dwight Sommers, commander of the Frederick Police Department’s Operational Services Bureau, referring to a city police arrest report.
“The officer observed him make a left turn without using a left turn signal [while] driving down the center of the roadway with an unserviceable rear license plate tag light,” Sommers said.
The officer smelled alcohol when he approached Horman after the stop and asked Horman to step out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test, Sommers said.
Horman was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where he blew a .16 in a breath test, Sommers said. A blood alcohol content of .08 is the legal limit to drive in Maryland.
Horman was released from police headquarters and was formally charged on Aug. 13, according to court records.
Along with driving while under the influence, DUI per se and driving while impaired, Horman was also charged with negligent driving, reckless driving, failing to obey a traffic control device, driving a vehicle on a highway without proper equipment and two counts of failing to signal before turning, according to court records.
Susan Puhala, a private attorney representing Horman, acknowledged the charges but declined to discuss the case in detail when reached for comment Wednesday.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation, and he’s taking it very seriously,” Puhala said, speaking on behalf of her client. “We have to review all of the reports before we decide the best way to proceed.”
A native Frederick resident, Horman was admitted to the state bar in 2002 and co-founded the Frederick-based Horman Nichols law firm in 2016, according to Horman’s law firm biography.
Specializing in real estate, family and civil law, Horman previously served as treasurer of the bar association and was most recently appointed president of the association on the 2018 executive committee, according to the bar association’s website.
Emails and calls seeking comment from the county bar association remained unanswered as of Wednesday afternoon.
Horman, of the 100 block of Mercer Court in Frederick, is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 27, according to online court records.