A passenger in a pickup truck operated by a suspected drunken driver was killed early today when the vehicle went off a road in western Baltimore County and struck a telephone pole and culvert, county police said.
James Dumbart, 39, of the 300 block of S. Franklintown Road in West Baltimore, died at the scene of the 3:30 a.m. accident, police said.
Police said Mr. Dumbart's stepson, Robert Larry Whitacre, 22, of the 1700 block of Cole St. in Baltimore, was eastbound in a 1987 Ford F-250 when the pickup ran off Liberty Road near Lyons Mill Road in Harrisonville.
Mr. Whitacre, who was not injured, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. Additional charges are pending a review by the state's attorney's office.
A second passenger, whose name was unavailable, was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.