Car crash Saturday leaves three injuredThree people...


Car crash Saturday leaves three injured

Three people were injured Saturday when the driver of a Chrysler automobile ran off a road in Harper's Choice and struck a tree, igniting a fire, police said.

The driver, Michael Nelson Wiland, 20, of the 9300 block of Soaring Hill Road in Oakland Mills, was taken to Howard County General Hospital for his injuries, police said.

He was treated and released, a spokesman said.

A front seat passenger Elisabeth Finkelstein, 19, of Randallstown, and rear passenger, Brian Mobley, 21, of the 5500 block of Vantage Point Road in Town Center, were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Ms. Finkelstein's condition wasn't available yesterday. Mr. Mobley was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokesman said.

According to police, the three were in a 1985 Chrysler car traveling east on Route 108, near Harper's Farm Road, when the driver ran off the road.

The car returned to the road, skidded off the right side again and struck a tree. The car caught fire, police said.

Mr. Wiland, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was charged with driving while intoxicated or under the influence; traveling at a speed greater than reasonable and failure to wear a seat belt, police said.

His passengers were wearing seat belts, police said.


* Harper's Choice: 5400 block of Beaver Kill Road: Someone slashed the passenger-side tires on a 1988 Buick Regal between 3:30 p.m. January 30 and 8 a.m. January 31.

* Town Center: 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: A woman reported losing her purse near the Columbia Mall about 5 p.m. Thursday. The small, black leather purse contained $30 in cash, a German driver's license and a Euro Master Card.

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