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Police arrest driver after alleged series of hit-and-runs

Richard McDaniel

After allegedly striking multiple vehicles while driving under the influence of alcohol, a Pennsylvania man was arrested Tuesday evening by Maryland State Police.

Richard William McDaniel, 37, of Hanover, was charged with 13 traffic violations including driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to immediately stop vehicle at scene of an accident involving bodily injury. He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday, according to electronic court records.


According to a news release from the state police, on Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., troopers responded to several reports of vehicles struck by a silver Cadillac Escalade on Md. 30. between Md. 27 and the Hampstead Bypass. The vehicle fled the scene following the collisions. An all-points bulletin was issued with the vehicle’s description.

Parties from at least two of the collisions were transported to Carroll Hospital for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.


Multiple reports from motorists indicated that the vehicle was driving at high rates of speed, crossing the double yellow line and passing other motorists on the shoulder of the road, according to the release.

An off-duty trooper located the silver Cadillac Escalade disabled on the Hampstead Bypass near the southernmost traffic circle and placed McDaniel, the sole occupant and operator of the vehicle, into custody, according to the release.

According to the release, the West Manheim Township Police Department is investigating at least two additional hit and run collisions in Pennsylvania in which McDaniel is believed to be involved.

The police investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who may have unreported vehicle damage is asked to contact Cpl. Brown of the Westminster Barrack at 410-386-3000.