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Rodney Darnell Harris, Jr., 31, has been charged with driving under the influence after striking a Howard County police unmarked patrol car in August while the officer was conducting a traffic stop in Ellicott City.
Rodney Darnell Harris, Jr., 31, has been charged with driving under the influence after striking a Howard County police unmarked patrol car in August while the officer was conducting a traffic stop in Ellicott City. (Howard County police photo)

A Baltimore man is facing drunk driving charges after he drove into an unmarked Howard County police patrol car in August, injuring the officer inside.

Howard police reported Thursday that Rodney Darnell Harris Jr., 31, of Gwynn Oak Avenue in Baltimore, was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and failure to change lanes for a stopped emergency vehicle.

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Around 11 a.m. on Aug. 5, 22-year veteran Pfc. Joseph Gallina was parked on the right shoulder of Route 100 in Ellicott City for a traffic stop, with his emergency lights on, said spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. Driving a Cadillac Escalade, Harris drove off the road and hit the back of Gallina's car.

Gallina was taken to Howard County General Hospital, Llewellyn said, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Harris was treated and released from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center; however, police said recent testing confirmed the Laurel resident had a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit during the crash.



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