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2 Md. Transportation Authority officers injured in I-95 crash

Driver charged with DUI after hitting patrol cars; officers called 'heroes'

By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

5:58 PM EST, November 22, 2012

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Two Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers were injured while stopped by the side of Interstate 95 in Elkridge on Wednesday night, after their cars were struck by a motorist who has been charged with drunken driving.

Sgt. Jonathan Green, a police spokesman, said an officer responded after a license plate reader at the southbound Fort McHenry Tunnel put out a stolen-vehicle alert for a car with Virginia tags. He said an officer made a traffic stop of a 2007 Ford Taurus near the Route 100 interchange and was soon joined by a corporal.

As the three cars were lined up along I-95, a 2004 Nissan pickup driven by Tyrone Darby Jr. of the 1200 block of N. Longwood St. in Baltimore rammed the rear end of the patrol vehicle at the end of the line, Green said.

The spokesman said the truck struck with such force that the patrol vehicle pushed the other police car into the traffic lane and continued forward, striking the Taurus.

Green said one of the officers, the corporal, pushed the driver of the Taurus out of the way of the oncoming vehicle and likely saved the man's life. He said the corporal was struck by the car and pushed into the travel lane, suffering a leg fracture.

The other officer, who made the initial stop, dragged the corporal out of the travel lane but sprained his leg, according to Green.

"We have, as far as I'm concerned, two heroes here," he said.

Both officers were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The officer with the sprain was treated and released, while the corporal with the broken leg was still being treated Thursday, Green said. Neither officer was identified.

Darby, 34, was not injured. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana, Green said.

The driver of the Taurus was released after officers determined that he was recovering a car that had been stolen in Fairfax, Va., and taken to Harlem, N.Y. Green said the stolen-car database had not been updated to reflect the recovery of the car.

michael.dresser@baltsun.com