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Military vehicle hits bus Guardsman charged with drunken driving and fleeing the scene


A National Guardsman arrested after an accident involving his military vehicle and a bus was misidentified in yesterday's editions due to incorrect information supplied by a District of Columbia Guard spokesman. Charged in the accident was Cpl. Mallie N. Lawrence, 41, of Washington.

+ The Sun regrets the errors.

A National Guardsman from Washington was charged with drunken driving and fleeing an accident scene yesterday after a collision involving his military vehicle that knocked a chartered bus off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, authorities said.

The Guard corporal was on his way to Baltimore for a training program on operating motor vehicles, according to a National Guard spokesman.

Police said the suspect, Cpl. Lawrence Mallie, 41, who lives in Washington, was also a wanted man -- charged in a Prince George's County warrant with failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended Maryland license.

His driving privileges still were suspended yesterday, and the District's National Guard was investigating whether the corporal had any valid license to operate a motor vehicle, according to its spokesman, Maj. Mike Milord.

Police said the accident occurred near Jessup about 7:20 a.m. in the parkway's northbound lanes when the bus, with 27 passengers on a shopping trip to New York, was struck at least twice by a Humvee all-purpose military vehicle and forced into the road's wooded median.

Investigators credited Dan Sanders, 53, a driver for Thomas Tours Inc. in Beltsville, with averting a tragedy by preventing the 13-ton bus from overturning. Neither he nor any of his passengers was injured.

Police alleged that the Humvee veered off the parkway several times, struck a guardrail, crossed into the left lane and hit the bus twice.

An hour passed before Corporal Mallie notified authorities at the motor pool at the Cade Armory in the 2600 block of Winchester St., according to State Police Sgt. Nicholas Paros of the Glen Burnie barracks.

The Humvee had damage to the windshield and front end, he said.

Troopers took Corporal Mallie to the Glen Burnie barracks. Police said the odor of alcohol was noticeable, and that a breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .12 percent. In Maryland, .10 .. percent is considered intoxication.

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