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Driver charged in state trooper-involved hit and run

A Reisterstown man was charged in the hit-and-run incident involving a state trooper who was struck during a traffic stop on Interstate 83 early Sunday morning, state police said.

Matthew L. Wood, 30, of the 200 block of Highmeadow Road turned himself in to the state police Golden Ring Barrack through his attorney Wednesday morning.

Police said Wood struck Trooper First Class Jason M. James, who was standing in the shoulder of northbound I-83, north of Ruxton Road, at 1 a.m., with the mirror and side of a 1999 gold Buick LeSabre registered to him.

James, 30, who was in uniform and wearing a reflective jacket, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he has been treated and released.

Wood remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $275,000 bond.

He faces several charges, including failing to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, negligent driving, among others.

According to electronic court files, Wood has a traffic record; in 2009, he was found guilty of speeding 71 in 55 mph area, of driving with a suspended registration, and he received probation before judgment for attempting to drive a vehicle under the influence.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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