Annapolis driver seriously injured when his car runs into slowed truck

September 10, 1998

A 36-year-old Annapolis man suffered head and chest injuries yesterday after the car he was driving slammed into the back of a truck on U.S. 50 near Bay Dale Drive east of Annapolis, state police said.

The man, John David Ferrell of the 900 block of West Way, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious but stable condition yesterday afternoon.

Trooper Billy Smith of the Annapolis barracks said a Breathalyzer test at the scene showed that Ferrell had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19. A driver with a level of 0.10 is considered drunk in Maryland.

The driver of the truck, Richard Lee Collins, 32, of Philippi, W.Va., was not injured, Smith said.

Smith said Ferrell was driving his 1989 Toyota Supra east on U.S. 50 about 10: 30 a.m. when the 1996 International truck in front of him slowed as the vehicles approached a construction site. The Toyota driver tried to brake but the car plowed into the back of the truck, Smith said.

Police seek man who tried to get girl into his car

County police are looking for a man in a dark blue Cadillac who pulled up near a 12-year-old girl as she waited for her school bus on a Glen Burnie street corner yesterday morning and offered her a ride, then cursed at her when she refused.

The man approached the girl at Parke West and Allard Court at 7: 20 a.m., slid into the passenger seat and opened the door, said police spokeswoman Officer Carol Frye.

When the girl refused to get into the car, the man told her he would go to the next bus stop to give someone else a ride and drove off, said Frye.

The girl was not injured. She reported the incident to a school counselor.

The man is white, about 30 years old with short, brown hair, police said. He was wearing a white shirt and tan pants yesterday morning, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Frye at 410-222-8700.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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