DWI HIT PARADE St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports fatal crash that killed Michael Emerson was due to speed and booze

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DWI HIT PARADE St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports fatal crash that killed Michael Emerson was due to speed and booze

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HOLLYWOOD, MD. — A fatal crash on St. John’s Road in Hollywood that killed a motorist with a prior DUI on his record was caused by alcohol and speed, reports St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron.

On September 08, 2017, at approximately 4:02 P.M., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol units were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on St. John’s Road in the area of Daniel Farm Lane in Hollywood.   Units arrived on scene to find a single vehicle with two occupants into a telephone pole.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene.  The preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 GMC Envoy, operated by Michael Emerson, 41, of Leonardtown, was traveling west on St. John’s Road towards Hollywood Road.  A passenger, Carrie Emerson, age 39, of Leonardtown, was in the front passenger seat.  The vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons, and the operator attempted to regain control of the vehicle.  The operator over-corrected, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway again and strike a telephone pole.  The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger was transported by Trooper 6 to Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center for treatment. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Smith at 301-475-4200 ext. *2328.

Michael Walter Emerson, of 23710 Garretts Way, Leonardtown, Md., was stopped on Baptist Church Road while southbound on Md. Rt. 5 and charged by Trooper Page of the Maryland State Police with DUI and possession of drugs other than marijuana on Dec. 8, 2011. In a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, the drug charge was put on the Stet Docket on April 4, 2012, with no fine and no time. Emerson had the services of a free attorney courtesy of the taxpayers.  In a plea deal on the DUI charge, Emerson entered a guilty plea. THE DEAL: Probation Before Judgement with 30 days in jail with all 30 days suspended and a fine of $250.