DWI HIT PARADE / Maryland State Police TFC Tanner Nickerson slammed into rear of a car and injured driver and a child, charged with DUI

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DWI HIT PARADE / Maryland State Police TFC Tanner Nickerson slammed into rear of a car and injured driver and a child, charged with DUI

CECILTON, MD – No professional courtesy, no giving a fellow trooper a ride home, just the cuffs and an arrest booking were shown a Maryland State Trooper who, with his emergency lights activated, reportedly blew his marked State Police Tahoe into the rear of a Mercedes on Aug. 13, 2017, in Cecil County, injuring the driver and a child, and sending them both to a hospital.

Maryland Troopers are being struck by drunk drivers at an increasingly alarming rate.

Police say TFC Nickerson was driving while impaired and driving a marked Maryland State Police vehicle, complete with flashing lights, when he slammed into the rear of a moving car.

 The arrest of the Trooper First Class Tanner Nickerson was by the book and he was immediately suspended but, in accordance with the department policy, with his full pay.

TFC Tanner Nickerson during training at a traffic stop. Baltimore Sun photo

Given that he allegedly injured two people, this trooper might want to start looking for a job which is a shame given his ambition to become a state trooper was fulfilled six years ago at the age of twenty-one, following in the footsteps of his father who is also a trooper. His uncle was murdered while serving as a law officer in Centreville.

TFC Tanner Nickerson photo courtesy of the Balt Sun

TFC. Nickerson is assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division that carries portable scales in the Chevy Tahoe and enforces traffic safety laws on trucks.

The State Police report TFC Nickerson is charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, reckless driving, and negligent driving.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2017, Maryland State Police from the North East Barrack responded to a call for a traffic crash in the 200-block of North Bohemia Ave. (Rt. 213) in Cecilton, Md.  Troopers found a Mercedes passenger car and a marked Maryland State Police Chevrolet Tahoe involved in the wreck.

The 49-year-old female driver of the Mercedes, from Cherry Hill, NJ, and her 10-year-old passenger were taken to Union Hospital by ambulance. 

The preliminary investigation indicates TFC Nickerson, who was off-duty, was northbound on Rt. 213, when he failed to reduce speed and ran into the back of the Mercedes, which was also northbound.  The 49-year-old female driver of the Mercedes, from Cherry Hill, NJ, and her 10-year-old passenger were taken to Union Hospital by ambulance.  They were treated for what were reported to be minor injuries.   The trooper reported no injuries.

Maryland Trooper Solomon Flash hit by a DUI driver on Washington Beltway. Photo courtesy of NBC Washington.

Upon contacting TFC Nickerson at the scene of the crash, the investigating trooper detected indications of possible impairment.  Further investigation led to the arrest of TFC Nickerson on the scene.  He was taken to the North East Barrack for processing and, after receiving traffic citations, was later released to a sober driver.

Witnesses told troopers the emergency lights on the police vehicle were activated.  The investigation determined the trooper was off-duty and was not responding to a call.

 In addition to the charges being placed against him, TFC Nickerson was suspended with pay, as is Maryland State Police procedure.  In addition to the court proceedings, an internal investigation will reveal other circumstances of the arrest and where TFC Nickerson was operating his vehicle prior to the crash, who might have been with him or had knowledge that he was impaired.

Nickerson’s uncle, Centreville Police Officer Michael Nickerson was with Queen Anne’s Sheriff’s Deputy Jason C. Schwenz when they responded to a call in 2001 for loud music in a Centreville mobile home park. Frank Zito murdered both law officers with a shotgun, was convicted, sentenced to death and died of lung cancer in 2002 before the death sentence could be carried out.

Maryland Troopers Flash, Yurkevich, and Trooper Koziol were injured by DUI drivers in June and July.

Michael Osley, 26, of Annapolis, Md., was driving a red 2006 Honda Element when he crashed into Maryland Trooper First Class Yurkevich.  Osley was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, and other traffic related violations.  Osley was uninjured in the crash.

TFC Yurkevich is assigned to the Annapolis Barrack.  He was transported by the Anne Arundel Fire Department to the Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

Trooper Kamil Koziol was hospitalized for injuries he sustained on July 9, 2017, when his marked patrol vehicle was struck by an alleged impaired driver, while the trooper was attempting to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation in Prince George’s County.

Trooper Koziol is assigned to road patrol duties at the Forestville Barrack.  He was injured and taken to Doctors Community Hospital for treatment and released.

The driver involved is identified as Andrew John Mitchell, 31, of 6011 Montana Street, New Carrollton, Md.  He was arrested for driving under the influence.  Mitchell was transported to Doctors Community Hospital for precautionary reasons and was treated and released.

Just before 1:02 a.m., Trooper Koziol was conducting a traffic stop on the Outer Loop of I-495 South of Rt. 450 (Annapolis Rd).  While Trooper Koziol was traveling in the far-right lane of travel pulling over a passenger vehicle for a traffic violation, he slowed his patrol vehicle down in order to pull onto the right shoulder of I-495 as his emergency lights were activated.

Mitchell who was operating his Dodge Ram pickup truck, struck the rear of Trooper Koziol’s marked patrol vehicle in the far-right lane of travel, while the marked patrol vehicle and Dodge Ram were in motion. Troopers and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.  Trooper Koziol was transported to the hospital by Prince George’s County Fire Department personnel.

Troopers investigating the crash noticed Mitchell exhibiting signs of being under the influence.  Further investigation led to his arrest.  Mitchell was charged with traffic related offenses and taken before a PG County Court Commissioner for a bail review.

Mitchell was cited by City of New Carrollton Police on Feb. 23, 2015, for driving on a suspended license, failing to display his headlights during unfavorable conditions and using a cell phone to talk and or text while driving at 10:08 pm on Riverdale Road in PG County.  On June 12, 2015, PG County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks dropped all the charges.

Montgomery County States Attorney John J. McCarthy

Mitchell was arrested by a Montgomery County Police Officer on June 2, 2013, for DWI while he operated his 2005 Dodge truck on Spartan Road and Olney Road in Sandy Spring, Md., at 8:10 pm, according to court records. All three counts of DWI were dropped by Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy on Dec. 3, 2013. Attorney John Patrick Kudel of Rockville, Md., represented Mitchell in that arrest.

Michael Osley charged with DUI after crashing into Maryland State Police Cruiser; TFC Yurkevich treated for injuries

ANNAPOLIS, MD – A Maryland state trooper working routine patrol on June 19, 2017, was struck by a drunk driver in Annapolis.

The impaired driver is identified as Michael Osley, 26, of 2538 N. Haven Cove, Annapolis, Md.  Osley was driving a red 2006 Honda Element. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, and other traffic related violations.  Osley was uninjured in the crash.

The trooper is identified as Trooper First Class Yurkevich, who is assigned to the Annapolis Barrack.  He was transported by the Anne Arundel Fire Department to the Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

Shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017, TFC Yurkevich was working routine patrol, driving in the area of Route 665/Aris T. Allen Boulevard and Riva Road. While he was taking the ramp from southbound Route 665 to eastbound Riva Road, Osley failed to drive left of the center as he was traveling on the northbound Rt. 665 to Riva Road direction.  Osley struck the front passenger side of TFC Yurkevich’s Maryland State Police marked SUV.

Emergency medical service personnel responded to the scene along with troopers from the Annapolis Barrack.  Osley was subsequently placed under arrest at the scene by Maryland State Trooper Poole of the Annapolis Barrack and transported to the Glen Burnie Barrack for processing.

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