A Maryland man is facing criminal charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana following a car accident involving two Maryland Transportation Authority officers. The officers were injured in the crash, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
According to police reports, the alleged drunk driving accident took place on Wednesday on I-95 near Eldridge, which is about 30 miles northwest of Annapolis. An officer stopped a vehicle when a license plate reader alerted the police department that the car may be stolen. A corporal soon joined the officer at the scene of the traffic stop.
Suddenly, a vehicle came from behind the three cars, which were parked in a line on the side of the interstate, and crashed into the rearmost police car. The force of the impact caused the car to push the second police car into the lane of traffic, and then continue on into the stolen vehicle. The corporal pushed the driver of that vehicle out of the way, which caused the corporal to be hit by the car and suffer a leg fracture. The officer then dragged the corporal out of the lane of traffic, suffering a leg sprain in the process.
The alleged drunk driver, who was not injured, was charged with DUI and marijuana possession.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which began on Wednesday and continues through Sunday, is traditionally a time of increased police presence on Maryland roads, resulting in a large number of arrests for drunk driving and other traffic offenses. If you were arrested for DUI over the holiday weekend, don't hesitate to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure that you are treated fairly and receive the best possible outcome.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "2 Md. Transportation Authority officers injured in I-95 crash," Michael Dresser, Nov. 22, 2012