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A Bel Air Police Department vehicle is on a tow truck after being involved in a crash Wednesday night at Route 1 and Route 24. The officer driving had minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital.
A Bel Air Police Department vehicle is on a tow truck after being involved in a crash Wednesday night at Route 1 and Route 24. The officer driving had minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital. (David Anderson/The Aegis)

A Bel Air Police officer was injured in a crash at the intersection of Routes 1 and 24 Wednesday night when his patrol vehicle collided with another vehicle as the officer tried to make a traffic stop.

Officer First Class Mark Zulauf, a 17-year veteran of the Bel Air Police Department, was heading south on Route 1 when he made a left turn at Route 24 to conduct a “traffic stop for a red light violation,” according to a statement from Police Chief Charles Moore.

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The crash happened around 8 p.m. as Zulauf’s patrol car collided with another vehicle heading north on Route 1. The chief identified that driver, who was not injured, as a 64-year-old man who resides in Texas.

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Zulauf was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air with minor injuries. He has since been released and is recuperating at home, Moore said in a follow-up email Thursday.

The busy intersection of Route 1 and Route 24 was illuminated by the lights on several police cars around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. The patrol vehicle was on the back of a tow truck as a handful of police officers gathered at the scene of the crash.

Another vehicle, which appeared to be a Mercury SUV, also sat in the intersection with a section of its front bumper lying in the road. The operator of a second wrecker arrived a short time later and began removing that vehicle as well.

The Bel Air Police Department and Maryland State Police continue to investigate the crash, according to Moore’s statement.

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