Lawmaker uses police boat in marriage proposal

August 18, 2009 2:02:35 PM PDT
A Maryland lawmaker has apologized for using a police boat and helicopter to create a diversion so he could surprise his girlfriend with a marriage proposal. Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld told reporters Tuesday that Delegate Jon Cardin also offered to pay expenses from the incident. The department is investigating.

Cardin, a Democrat who represents Baltimore County, said on his Web site that he had marine police do a search on the boat he and was girlfriend were on. He says he popped the question during the "fuss" Aug. 7 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The department's helicopter also came close to the scene.

Cardin says he asked his best friend to help him plan the proposal.

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