Driver sought in hit-run crash with officer

February 25, 2010

Baltimore County police were searching for the driver of a car that struck an officer's vehicle last week near Chesapeake Park Plaza in Essex, injuring the seven-year veteran of the force before fleeing. According to police, the 36-year-old officer was traveling east about 1:45 a.m. Feb. 17 on Eastern Boulevard in a marked patrol car when a man driving a black 2006-2009 Honda Civic SI Coupe in the next lane attempted to make a U-turn and struck the officer's vehicle on the rear passenger side. The officer's head hit a door frame and the collision caused a flat tire, preventing the officer from pursuing the Honda, police said. The officer was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The Honda had a loud exhaust system and likely sustained considerable damage to the driver's-side front bumper, police said. Investigators believe the hit-and-run might have been unintentional. The car was last seen traveling west on Eastern Boulevard. Anyone with information about the Honda or the driver is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

-Brent Jones

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