LARGO, Md. (AP) — A woman accused of driving drunk slammed into a Maryland police cruiser that was pulled over for a separate traffic stop late Tuesday, killing a motorist and injuring four law enforcement officials, State Police said.
Trooper Brandon White and three Prince George’s County police officers were responding to a call around 10 p.m. in Largo, in which a driver suspected to be drunk had rear-ended another car, State Police said in a statement.
When officers arrived, they found that Victoria Cross, 59, had hit a Honda truck driven by Marc Alexander, 60, State Police said. Officers were preparing to administer a sobriety test to Cross when a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Iretha Spriggs, 38, slammed into the rear of the cruiser Trooper White was sitting in, the statement said. The cruiser spun out and was pushed into the three Prince George’s County officers standing nearby.
Spriggs’ car continued on and struck Alexander, who was standing outside his truck, according to the agency. Alexander was airlifted to a hospital but was later pronounced dead, the statement said. The officers and the trooper were taken to a hospital and were being treated late Tuesday for injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.
Police said they could see marijuana in Spriggs’ Gran Prix. She was taken to a hospital, and charges against her are pending. Maryland State Police will investigate and present any charges to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review, the agency said.
Cross was charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, reckless driving and negligent driving, and was released to a sober driver, according to the statement.
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