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Harford sheriff’s patrol car strikes van on I-95 during Monday’s rain; one taken to hospital as precaution

A vehicle collision involving a Harford County sheriff’s deputy was reported Monday on Interstate 95 near the Clayton Road overpass between Joppa and Edgewood.

At approximately 2:55 p.m Monday, Senior Deputy Jason Flemmens was traveling north on I-95 just past Exit 74 when a vehicle in front of him suddenly slowed down because of traffic, said Kyle Andersen, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

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Flemmens tried to brake, but was not able to bring the patrol car to a stop because of rainy weather conditions. He swerved to avoid a collision, but hit the 2013 Chevrolet cargo van in front of him, Andersen said. It was determined that the deputy was at fault, he said.

Per the sheriff’s office’s policy, it is possible for a deputy to be punished for crashing a vehicle after the incident is investigated. Andersen referred to the policy when asked if Flemmens would be disciplined.

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Flemmens was uninjured, and the van’s lone occupant, 32-year-old Carlos Portillo of Baltimore, was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air as a precaution, Andersen said.

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