Drunk Driver Injures Trooper After Being Involved in A Hit and Run Crash
NORTH EAST, MD. – When the operator of a vehicle is so impaired as to run into as to run into a stopped cop, then perhaps, just maybe, the driver was drunk. With Maryland’s feckless legislators too timid to put teeth into impaired driving laws, Marylanders will continue to be maimed and killed by DUI drivers. This is the latest story from the deadly highways of Maryland.
A Maryland state trooper is recovering from injuries sustained after his marked patrol car was struck by a vehicle operated by an impaired driver, previously involved in a hit and run crash, just before midnight yesterday.
The trooper is identified as Trooper Charles Tittle, 22, a four-year veteran assigned to patrol duties at the North East Barrack. Trooper Tittle was on a traffic stop inside his marked patrol car with his emergency equipment activated, on westbound Old Philadelphia Road, east of Butterfield Lane.
The driver who struck Trooper Tittle’s vehicle is identified as Sean Jester, 30, of the 100 block of Cool Spring Road in North East. Jester was charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to drive slow while passing a stopped emergency vehicle, along with other charges. Jester was driving a white Nissan Pathfinder.
The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 10:30 p.m. yesterday, Jester veered into Trooper Tittle’s patrol car from behind. Upon further investigation, troopers on the scene discovered Jester was involved in a hit and run crash, moments before striking Trooper Tittle’s car. The crash prior took place approximately five miles away at East Cecil Avenue at Mauldin Avenue, North East, in which Jester struck a parked car causing it to overturn. Officers from the Town of North East Police Department are investigating the hit and run crash.
Trooper Tittle was transported by ambulance to Union Hospital for treatment. Trooper Tittle has been released and is on medical leave.
Troopers from the North East Barrack continue the investigation.