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Witnesses said Mr. Filner attempted to enter an employee-only area, pushed aside an employee”s arm and refused to leave. Police said that when they arrived, Mr. Filner was outside the office and waiting near a bag carousel. The charges were filed before a Loudoun County magistrate.

Mr. Filner, 54, is scheduled to appear Oct. 2 in Loudoun County General District Court, authority spokeswoman Courtney Prebich said yesterday. He was elected to Congress in 1992 and represents the southern region of San Diego.

Mr. Filner disputed the account in a brief statement issued by his office that said he was “on his way to Iraq, visiting our troops, and will have a full statement when he returns. Suffice it to say now, that the story that has appeared in the press is factually incorrect — and the charges are ridiculous.”

ARLINGTON

Judge delays ruling on abusive-driver fees

An Arlington County judge yesterday refused to determine whether singling out Virginia drivers in the state’s new “abusive driver” program is unconstitutional.

An attorney representing state Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell argued that it was premature to debate constitutionality of the fees, and the judge agreed.

The argument came in the case of Charles Mason, a Navy veteran who faces a $1,050 civil remedial fee after he was cited for driving 20 mph over the speed limit in Arlington.

Mr. Mason’s traffic court trial will be held Aug. 30.

The constitutionality of the law will be argued only if he is convicted.

State lawmakers predict Mr. Mason’s relatively clean driving record would persuade a judge to charge him with a less-serious offense than reckless driving.

If so, he would not face the $1,050 abuser fee, and the constitutionality challenge would have no legs.

MARYLAND

SILVER SPRING

Records mistakenly dumped in trash

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