School Board Candidate Arrested, Charged With DUI: Reports

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The Anne Arundel County Police Department said it arrested LaToya Nkongolo of Severna Park on driving under the influence charges on Sunday. Media reports said the suspect is running for the Board of Education in District 5. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - Anne Arundel County police said LaToya Nkongolo, 45, of Severna Park was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol this weekend.

Somebody with the same name and hometown is running for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education in District 5. 

The Capital and The Baltimore Banner both reported that the candidate was the one who was arrested.

Police said they stopped Nkongolo at 7:05 p.m. Sunday on Lower Magothy Beach Road near Tolstoy Lane in Severna Park. 

Officers said they suspected that Nkongolo was driving while impaired by alcohol.

Authorities said they offered a breathalyzer test, but a test was not administered. A police spokesperson said he couldn't answer if Nkongolo declined the breathalyzer test. Her Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, is unknown.

Court records show that Nkongolo was given seven tickets, including one alleging that she failed to drive on the correct side of the center line.

The record says Nkongolo is charged with both driving while under the influence and driving while impaired, which is less severe.

Police told Patch that these are the penalties for DUIs and DWIs:

For DUI (21-902a)

  • For a first offense, imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $2,000 or both; and
  • For a second offense, imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $3,000 or both.

For DWI (21-902b)

  • For a first offense, imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both; and
  • For a second offense, imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $2,000 or both.

    The DUI ticket says Nkongolo was released on her own recognizance on Monday. 

    The other five tickets total $600 in fines, the record says.

    The candidate Nkongolo is running against incumbent Dana Schallheim

    District 5 spans parts of Odenton, Gambrills and Millersville and all of the Severna Park-Arnold peninsula. A map of the district is posted here.

    The General Election is on Nov. 5. School board races are nonpartisan.

    Nkongolo in 2022 ran as a Republican for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 31, but she lost in the primary.

    Nkongolo's school board campaign website says her priorities are enhancing student success, fostering community engagement and supporting educators.

    Nkongolo's LinkedIn says she is a clinician with 25 years of experience treating substance abuse and mental health issues.

    Her profile lists her as the owner of Work Life Behavioral Health and Professional Training in Glen Burnie. It also says she is an adjunct professor for addiction-related courses at Anne Arundel Community College.

    Patch emailed Nkongolo for a comment. We have not yet gotten a response. We will update this story if we hear back.

    This map shows the area where the Anne Arundel County Police Department said it stopped Nkongolo.

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