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Officer struck by alleged drunk driver during traffic stop

A Howard County police officer, conducting a traffic stop Friday night near Ellicott City, was struck by a woman allegedly driving under the influence, police said.

Pfc. Terrance Sheppard, a 23-year veteran of the force, is being treated at Howard County General Hospital for injuries that are not life threatening, police said. He was hit shortly before midnight while investigating a traffic violation on Route 40 eastbound at Route 29.

Sheppard was driving a marked Dodge Charger and had activated its emergency lights before leaving the vehicle about 11:45 p.m.

The police car was struck in the rear by a Kia Sorento, driven by Sung Ok Jang, 45, of the 8000 block Randolph Way in Ellicott City, police said. The impact of the crash pushed the Dodge into a BMW, which then struck the officer as he was investigating. The BMW driver was seated in the rear of the police car at the time of the crash and was not injured.

Police arrested Jang, who was not injured, at the scene and charged her with driving under the influence.

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