Arundel officer, 2 others injured in crash

Police vehicle hit while on side of road during traffic stop

June 11, 2011|By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun

An Anne Arundel County police officer and two others were injured Friday night after the officer's vehicle was struck from behind during a traffic stop, police said.

Detectives driving in an unmarked Dodge Durango pulled over a vehicle on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard near Castle Harbour Way in Glen Burnie about 11:08 p.m. after observing a "traffic violation," according to a news release from the Anne Arundel County Police.

During the stop, the Durango's emergency lights were activated and it was "partially on the shoulder of the roadway," police said. As the occupants of the vehicle that was being pulled over were asked to exit, a 1989 GMC pickup truck driven by Steven James Parsons, 32, of the 600 block of W. Paddle Wheel Court in Millersville, struck the rear of the police vehicle.

A male pedestrian, identified by police as James Earl Spears II, 26, of Lisman, Ala., was transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Anne Arundel Police Sgt. Keith Clark suffered injuries when he "dove into the violator's vehicle to try and avoid being struck," police said. Clark and Parsons were both transported by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with what police described as "minor, non-life threatening injuries."

Parsons failed to comply with the state's "Move Over Law," which was passed last October and requires motorists to move over by a lane or to slow down when passing an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its red or blue lights on, according to police.

The law, comes with penalties of a $110 fine and two points. An investigation is ongoing whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, police said.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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