Trooper struck on I-83

20-year-old charged with DUI

18-year veteran treated for injuries after incident at construction site

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August 10, 2005|By Winyan Soo Hoo | Winyan Soo Hoo,Special to

A Baltimore County man with a fake identification card was charged with driving under the influence today after he struck a Maryland state trooper early this morning on northbound Interstate 83, authorities said.

Corey B. Gaber, 20, of the 3600 block of Doreland Drive in Pikesville, was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5,000 bail.

Tfc. Jerry S. Warner, 46, of the North East Barracks was working to block traffic at a construction site when he was hit at 1:30 a.m. Warner is an 18-year veteran of the Maryland State Police.

His patrol car was parked across the left and middle lanes of the interstate to help channel traffic into one lane around the site, police said. The emergency lights on the patrol car were activated to warn oncoming traffic of the construction area, according to authorities.

Warner was standing outside his patrol car facing traffic when he observed a Toyota Highlander heading toward him. Police said Warner jumped back inside the cruiser as the Toyota struck the car in the rear bumper and sideswiped the driver's side.

Warner was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries to his back, neck and side. He was released about 6 a.m. today, according to authorities.

Gaber, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for driving under the influence. Police said they found fake identification in his possession. A 20-year-old female passenger in Gaber's vehicle was uninjured.

Police said Warner is the sixth Maryland state trooper to be struck while parked along Maryland highways so far this year. Police urge motorists not to drink and drive and to use extreme caution when approaching and traveling through highway construction zones.

Warning signs and other lane markings have been placed to warn motorists and to reduce speeds in such areas, according to authorities.

Originally published August 10, 2005, 12:20 PM EDT

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