Trooper suffers injury in two-car crash on Beltway NORTH COUNTY -- Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

March 31, 1993

A Maryland state trooper suffered minor injuries in a car crash on the Baltimore Beltway near Linthicum Monday night when the marked cruiser he was driving collided with the car of a suspected drunken driver.

At the time of the 9:30 p.m. collision, the trooper was transporting a man charged with driving under the influence of PCP who had been involved in a car crash about a half-hour earlier.

Trooper Otis Whitaker, 26, assigned to the Glen Burnie barracks, jammed his knee against the --board and was treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center and released.

Sgt. Max Schulte said the trooper was southbound on Interstate 695, when a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro driving by Frederick C. Brown, 50, of Glen Burnie came off an entrance ramp from Interstate 295, and spun across several lanes.

Trooper Whitaker tried to avoid the spinning car, but the Camaro struck the passenger door of the police cruiser, Sergeant Schulte said. Both cars struck a concrete Jersey barrier and stopped in the high-speed lane.

Mr. Brown was taken by ambulance to Harbor Hospital Center and was treated for a cut on his forehead and right arm. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

The prisoner, John Schoonoeer, 33, of Pasadena, who was handcuffed in the back seat of Trooper Whitaker's cruiser, suffered minor injuries and also was treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mr. Schoonoeer was being taken to the Glen Burnie barracks to face charges of driving under the influence of PCP, possession of PCP, resisting arrest and assault and battery for allegedly hitting a paramedic.

Those charges stemmed from an earlier crash on the Beltway in which the car Mr. Schoonoeer was driving ran off the highway and hit a guardrail.

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