Deputy in­jured in crash with sus­pected drunk driver

Cruiser was pushed into a build­ing

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s deputy suf­fered mi­nor in­juries Fri­day af­ter his cruiser was struck by a sus­pected drunken driver and pushed into a build­ing on Bridge Street.

Cpl. Michael Zack was on pa­trol at about 2 a.m. and trav­el­ing south­bound on Bridge Street when a 2004 Mazda sedan ran the red light at Main

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Street. The car struck Zack’s 2013 Chevro­let Ta­hoe on the pas­sen­ger side and pro­pelled the cruiser into a build­ing, said Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman, on Sun­day.

Dfc. Bryan Rock was the first deputy called to the scene of the ac­ci­dent and quickly made con­tact with the driver of the sedan, Jose C. Dominguez, of New Cas­tle, Del., Holmes re­ported.

“He no­ticed a strong odor of al­co­hol and an open bot­tle of Fire­ball whiskey,” he said.

Dominguez has been charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, driv­ing with- out a li­cense, driv­ing with­out in­surance and mul­ti­ple traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, Holmes said. Dominguez suf­fered non­life threat­en­ing in­juries as a re­sult of the crash and was taken into cus­tody af­ter be­ing treated at Union Hos­pi­tal, he added.

Both Zack’s cruiser and Dominguez’s sedan sus­tained ma­jor dam­age and the build­ing also sus­tained struc­tural dam­age in the crash, Holmes said.

Zack, a 15-year mem­ber of the sher­iff’s of­fice, was treated for mi­nor in­juries at Union Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the crash and later re­leased, Holmes added.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MICHAEL ZACK

This photo, taken the next day, shows the dam­age done to Cpl. Michael Zack’s cruiser af­ter it was hit by an al­leged drunk driver early Fri­day morn­ing.

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