O.C. Council member involved in fender bender, verbal altercation at restaurant

OCEAN CITY, Md. – An Ocean City Council member was asked to leave a north-end restaurant after reportedly getting into a fender bender, and yelling at a child.

Ocean City Police (OCPD) say they were called to the unnamed restaurant on April 8th, around 6:02 p.m. for a minor collision. A parked vehicle was struck in the parking lot, according to police. The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Ocean City Council member Mark Paddack.

Police say Paddack and the other individual exchanged necessary information. Paddack was inside the restaurant when officers arrived, according to police. Police say they saw Paddack consuming alcohol while inside the restaurant, and told him to have a designated driver take him home later.

The investigating officer wrapped up the collision investigation. Police say he did not observe any evidence of Paddack being impaired before the collision.

However, police say a concerned citizen approached the officer in the parking lot, reporting that Paddack had yelled at his child inside the restaurant. The officer went inside, and tried to de-escalate the situation. Paddack agreed to leave the restaurant, and was driven home by what police are calling “a sober individual”.

The juvenile was taken to OCPD Headquarters for his safety. The Department of Social Services was notified about the incident, and contacted the juvenile’s mother to come pick him up.

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