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Officer Struck By Suspected Drunk Driver on Beltway

A Montgomery County Police officer directing traffic at a Beltway accident site was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

A Montgomery County Police officer directing traffic at a Beltway accident site was struck by an alleged drunk driver. File|Patch
A Montgomery County Police officer directing traffic at a Beltway accident site was struck by an alleged drunk driver. File|Patch

A suspected drunk driver veered into a closed lane as traffic wound past a multiple-vehicle crash on the Beltway Tuesday, reportedly striking a Montgomery County Police officer who was directing traffic.

Montgomery County police were called about 3:50 p.m. to assist Maryland State troopers with the accident on the outer loop of Interstate 495 between the Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Avenue exits, the department says. Officer Francis McDonough, a 20-year-veteran of the department, was directing traffic when a Hyundai pulled out of traffic and into a closed lane, striking McDonough.

Police say there was a confrontation between McDonough and the driver, Reginald Eugene Taylor, 58, of the 2200 block of East Biddle Street in Baltimore. McDonough was treated at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Taylor was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision. Authorities say Taylor had a breath alcohol concentration of .22.

Dennis Gilpin July 03, 2014 at 08:42 AM
That driver could have killed someone with his irresponsible behavior. Should get some jail time along with losing his license indefinitely. If the officer looked upset with the drivers actions, it is surely understandable.

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