Driver is charged with running red light in crash with cruiser

February 13, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old Ellicott City man was charged with failing to stop at a red light after the car he was driving slammed into a police cruiser carrying an officer and two police dogs, a county police spokesman said.

Officer Marshall Harding III, 40, a 22-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department, was not seriously injured in the accident. Neither were the dogs.

The driver of the other car, Sherif Serag Wahba of the 10200 block of Wetherburn Road, wasn't hurt, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a county police spokesman. Mr. Wahba was charged with failure to obey a traffic signal.

The cars collided shortly before 11 p.m. Friday as Officer Harding turned left onto southbound Rogers Avenue from westbound U.S. 40, Sergeant Keller said. Mr. Wahba was driving his 1992 Toyota Tercel east on U.S. 40.

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