Cruiser on call hits van

2 officers hurt

February 03, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two Howard County police officers suffered minor injuries this week when their cruiser, responding to an emergency call in Columbia, crashed into a van that had stopped to allow the cruiser to pass.

About 8: 20 p.m. Tuesday, police said, the cruiser was southbound on Tamar Drive -- lights flashing and sirens on -- headed to a reported domestic violence call. As the police vehicle approached Airy Brink Lane, 77-year-old Frederick Richard Pausch of Columbia was pulling out of Airy Brink Lane onto Tamar Drive.

According to police, Pausch saw the cruiser and stopped his Ford van. Officer Larry Wade of the Southern District station could not stop his cruiser in time and crashed into the left side of Pausch's van, causing major damage to both vehicles, police said.

Wade and another officer, Cpl. Patrick Arone, were treated for minor injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released.

Pausch, of the 9400 block of Dartsmouth Road in Columbia, had six passengers in his van. No one in the van received treatment.

The collision is under investigation.

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