Man guilty in wreck that hurt officer

DWI accident forced trooper, 27, to retire

jail time being sought

April 03, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 36-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to driving while intoxicated when he crashed his car into the back of a Maryland State Police trooper's cruiser on Interstate 95 in Howard County more than a year ago, causing career-ending injuries to the officer.

Nathaniel C. Traveny, formerly of Nottingham, Md., and now a resident of Fallentimber, Pa., has a criminal record that includes a 12-year-old vehicular manslaughter conviction, prosecutors say. He faces a maximum one-year jail term and a $1,000 fine at his sentencing July 26 before Howard Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr.

Assistant State's Attorney Cecilia Hellrung told Kane yesterday that she will recommend jail time for Traveny.

Trooper John Patrick Barry, 27, a four-year state police veteran, suffered neck and back injuries as a result of the crash - injuries that resulted in his recent retirement from the state police.

According to Hellrung, the officer had stopped a car on the left shoulder of northbound Interstate 95 near Vollmerhausen Road in the early-morning hours of Dec. 21, 2000.

He was in his cruiser 10 minutes later when Traveny's Honda Civic crashed into the rear of his police car, pushing it into the car Barry had stopped.

Barry was trapped in his cruiser when Trooper Robert Royer, who had gone to the scene to assist in the traffic stop, arrived a few minutes later, Hellrung said.

Traveny's eyes were bloodshot and glassy and he had slurred speech at the scene, the prosecutor said. A blood sample taken three hours after the accident registered a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, Hellrung said.

Barry and Traveny were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment.

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