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Alleged drunk driver hits police car on I-270

A Maryland State trooper pulled over a Honda Odyssey on I-270, carrying out a routine traffic stop. It was early, about 6:40 in the morning. They were near Montrose Road when the stop took place, and the trooper and the Odyssey pulled over to the side of the road.

That's when another vehicle, a Ford Fusion, slammed into the back of the police car and the Odyssey. Pictures show a silver vehicle flipped up on its side with the front window smashed out.

Everyone survived the incident. The driver of the Odyssey was uninjured, as was the police officer, while the driver of the Fusion did have to be taken to the hospital. He is 29 years old.

Now, police are saying they believe he was under the influence of alcohol, causing him to crash into the parked cars. They asked him to give a blood sample or take a breath test, but he refused both of them.

Police did note that it could have been worse, as a similar incident happened in June. It was also on I-270, and it also involved an alleged drunk driver who hit a squad car during a traffic stop. In the case that happened in August, the police officer avoided injury because he was not sitting in the car, but the officer in June was in his vehicle. The impact was so violent that he was trapped in it for a while.

One interesting point about this story is that the alleged drunk driver did refuse the tests. If you've done so, be sure you know what rights you have to refuse tests, what ramifications you may face just for not taking the tests and what legal options you have when you go to court.

Source: Fox 5 DC, "Maryland State Trooper's cruiser hit by suspected DUI driver on I-270," Aug. 27, 2016

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