Maryland: DUI driver Chris Dent slammed into Trooper Solomon Flash investigating traffic collision on Washington Beltway; trooper and Anthony Owelle, one of the drivers hit sent to hospital

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Maryland Trooper Solomon Flash hit by drunk driver on Washington Beltway. Photo courtesy of NBC Washington

DUI driver Chris Dent slammed into Trooper Solomon Flash investigating traffic collision on Washington Beltway; trooper and Anthony Owelle, one of the drivers hit sent to hospital

TROOPER INJURED IN PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. CRASH

(FORESTVILLE, MD) — A Maryland state trooper is hospitalized for injuries he sustained early this morning when his patrol car was struck by an alleged impaired driver, while the trooper was parked at the scene of a traffic crash on the Washington Beltway in Prince George’s County.

The trooper is identified as Trooper Solomon Flash, who is assigned to road patrol duties at the Forestville Barrack.  He was injured and taken to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment.

The driver involved is identified as Chris M. Dent, 37, of Upper Marlboro, Md.  He did not report the injury in the crash.  He was arrested for driving under the influence.  Additional traffic charges will also be filed.

Just before 3:30 a.m. June 11, 2017, Trooper Flash was investigating a traffic crash that had occurred on northbound Rt. 4 at Presidential Parkway.  He was using his patrol car, with its emergency lights activated, to block lane three of Rt. 4, while protecting a disabled vehicle in the roadway.

While awaiting the tow truck, Trooper Flash’s patrol car was struck from behind by a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven and owned by Dent.  Troopers and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.  Trooper Flash was transported to the hospital by Prince George’s County Fire Department personnel.

Troopers investigating the crash noticed Dent exhibiting signs of being under the influence.  Further investigation led to his arrest.

NBC WASHINGTON — A Maryland state trooper is hospitalized for injuries he sustained early this morning when his patrol car was struck by an alleged impaired driver, while the trooper was parked at the scene of a traffic crash in Prince George’s County. News4’s Derrick Ward reports.

A Maryland State Police trooper and a pedestrian were hit early Sunday morning by a driver who was intoxicated, police said.

A state police statement said the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Prince George’s County, Maryland, along Route 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) just west of Presidential Parkway. They said Trooper Solomon Flash was investigating a traffic collision when he was struck by another vehicle.

After hitting the patrol car, the vehicle continues and struck a pedestrian who was standing near the guardrail. The pedestrian, Anthony Owelle, 28, of Laurel, Maryland, was one of the drivers involved in the original collision.

Police said the driver, Chris M. Dent, 37, of Upper Marlboro, who struck the officer was intoxicated and taken into custody. He was not injured in the crash and has been initially charged with driving under the influence.

Flash was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion, according to police. He was conscious when he was transported. Owelle was also transported to the hospital.

According to the News4 I-Team, at least 37 Maryland State Police troopers have been hit by vehicles since January 2016.  MORE

 

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