Three Maryland police officers were injured in three different accidents involving suspected drunk drivers. This spike in law enforcement injuries caused by drivers has pushed local police departments to release statements to their communities to remind people of the dangers of drinking and driving.
One of the cases involved a 75-year-old driver hitting a state trooper’s vehicle from behind; causing it to spin out of control and into another Maryland State Police vehicle. The driver was driving erratically and appeared to have been drinking. The driver has been charged with DUI, along with other charges, by the police.
Events like this often take troopers by surprise, explained Matthew Milich of the Maryland State Police. “You just hear the initial hit and you look in the rear view mirror and the next thing you know – we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on at this point”, explained Milich.
Trooper Thomas Davis shared his view, stating: “It’s too surreal when something like that happens, it’s nothing you expect on the road.”
After refusing medical attention, the driver was arrested and taken into custody for charges related to the accident. Officers followed protocol by contacting a towing company to move the perpetrator’s vehicle. However, that is when things took a bizarre turn.
The 28-year-old tow truck driver arrived on the scene, smelling strongly of alcohol according police at the scene. She was subsequently charged with a DUI, as well as receiving additional charges for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.
Milich elaborated on the situation, stating: “I was initially almost in denial that it couldn’t be. But at that point realized anything’s possible.”
The third incident occurred in St. Mary’s County, where the Sheriff’s Office charged a driver with DUI after hitting one of their deputies. Corporal Carberry was struck by the vehicle after pushing a civilian out of harm’s way, which placed him in the path of the vehicle instead. He suffered serious injuries from the incident.
These events, and many others like them, have led to many law enforcement agencies across the United States releasing statements telling people to drive safely this holiday season. If you are being charged with a DUI, Alpert Schreyer LLC has the experienced attorneys you need for your case. Contact us today for a FREE consultation and find out how we can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.