A Harford County sheriff's deputy was flown to shock trauma Wednesday morning after he was hit by a suspected drunk driver in Joppa.
Around 2:30 a.m. Kevin Johnstone, 21, of the 900 block of Cedar Crest Court in Edgewood, was driving west on Route 40 when he hit the median at the intersection of Route 152, went airborne, then hit the patrol car of an on-duty deputy, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the sheriff's office.
There was a male passenger in Johnstone's car, a 2006 Nissan 350Z, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
Deputy Brad Sives was stopped at the stoplight on Route 152 waiting for the traffic light to turn green when the crash took place, Worrell said.
Sives, a 4-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was trapped in the car for about 45 minutes and had to be extracted from the car by members of Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, according to Worrell.
Sives was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. He was conscious as the Medevac helicopter took off and was initially listed in stable condition following his arrival, according to Worrell.
The deputy was released from the hospital about 7:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.
Neither Johnstone nor his passenger were injured in the crash. Investigators suspect Johnstone was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Worrell said.
Johnstone was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se, failure to control speed to avoid collision, reckless driving and negligent driving, according to the release.
He was transported to the Harford County Detention Center for processing.
Route 152, just prior to the intersection with Route 40, was closed to traffic and deputies were still on scene at 5:30 a.m.
Worrell later sent an advisory at 7:45 a.m. that all roads had reopened to traffic.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun