Del. Don Dwyer admitted to drinking before a boat crash on Wednesday in Anne Arundel County.
Dwyer, sitting in a wheelchair, wearing a neck brace and a cast on his left foot, made the announcement during a brief press conference on Thursday outside of University of Maryland Hospital in downtown Baltimore, and refused to answer questions from reporters.
"It is true that I was drinking while I was operating my boat yesterday. It's also been reported that my blood alcohol content was .2. No one, no one should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or power boat," Dwyer said. "I deeply regret my actions and ask for forgiveness from the public."
He would not answer questions from reporters but appeared to confirm his blood alcohol content was above the legal .08 level.
"The information is on the record. So I'm sure you'll find that's what it is," Dwyer said, declining to elaborate.
previously reported nine people were injured, including five children, in the accident, which occurred about 7 p.m. near Gibson Island in the Magothy River.
WBAL-TV reported that Dwyer was on a 26-foot Baja boat named "The Legislator."