Police: Maryland Officer Struck By Drunk Driver Early Sunday

Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have arrested and charged a Woodlawn man with driving under the influence after an early Sunday morning crash that
seriously injured an MDTA Police Officer.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, an MDTA Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on southbound I-95 near Exit 50 (Caton Avenue). At approximately 3:10 a.m., as the officer spoke with the occupants of the stopped vehicle, a black Mercedes sedan driven by 28-year-old Rodney I. Berger struck both the officer and the stopped vehicle, officials said Sunday. The MDTA Police Officer was transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Berger and the occupants of the stopped vehicle were injured.

After a preliminary investigation, MDTA Police Officers took Berger into custody without incident. He was charged with driving under the influence and other charges.
The crash is still under investigation by the MDTA Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information is asked to call MDTA Police at 410-537-1209.

The MDTA Police remind motorists of Maryland’s “Move Over” law, which requires drivers approaching from the rear of an emergency vehicle with its visual signals activated to, if possible, make
a lane change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. If moving to another lane is not possible or is unsafe, the law requires drivers to slow down when passing the stopped vehicle.

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