Baltimore police cruiser collides with car

report says officer apparently ran red light

February 21, 1999

Baltimore police are investigating an accident in which a police cruiser slammed into another car late Friday.

Investigators said yesterday that Officer Michael Trail, 28, was responding to a call for backup when he apparently ran a red light at East Baltimore and North Wolfe streets.

While traveling east on Baltimore at about 11: 15 p.m. Friday, Trail's cruiser struck a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am that was traveling south on Wolfe, said Police Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a department spokeswoman.

"The car was struck on the passenger side," Cook-Hayes said. "Preliminary reports indicate that the police vehicle failed to yield the right of way."

Cook-Hayes said it is also believed that Trail's car did not have its siren on at the time of the accident.

Police said the driver of the Pontiac was Willie Degrafenreid, 59, of the 5400 block of Gardenwood Road in Northeast Baltimore.

Trail, who has been on the force since October 1997, and Degrafenreid were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where they were treated and released.

An unidentified passenger in Degrafenreid's car was admitted to Hopkins, Cook-Hayes said.

Pub Date: 2/21/99

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