State troop­ers struck, woman charged with DUI

Maryland Independent - - News - AN­DREW RICHARD­SON

The fol­low­ing item was com­piled from re­ports from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Mary- land State Po­lice.

Two Mary­land state troop­ers at the scene of a traf­fic crash in Charles County Mon­day night were al­legedly struck by an im­paired driver pass­ing the scene. The driver is iden- ti­fied as Ruth A. Run­yan, 75, of La Plata. She was charged with driv­ing un- der the in­flu­ence, driv­ing while im­paired, neg­li­gent driv­ing, fail­ure to change lanes for an emer­gency ve­hi­cle and fail­ure to obey des­ig­nated lane di­rec­tions. An am­bu­lance was called to the scene to eval­u­ate her for any in­juries, but she re- fused treat­ment.

The troop­ers are iden­ti­fied as Tfc. Thomas Davis and Trooper Matthew Milich, both of whom are as­signed to the La Plata Bar­rack. Nei­ther trooper was in­jured in the crash.

Shortly be­fore 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, both troop­ers were on the scene of a traf­fic crash on north­bound U.S. 301, south of Small­wood Drive. The troop­ers had their marked pa­trol cars parked be­hind each other in the slow lane of U.S. 301, pro­tect­ing the crash scene ahead of them. Both pa­trol cars had their emer­gency lights ac­ti­vated and traf­fic was be­ing di­verted to the lanes on the left of the scene.

Both troop­ers were seated in the same pa­trol car when a 2007 Mazda MX-5 north­bound on U.S. 301 struck the un­oc­cu­pied pa­trol car and then spun into the pa­trol car ahead of it, where the two troop­ers were seated. The first pa­trol car struck sus­tained dis­abling dam­age and the sec­ond sus­tained su­per­fi­cial dam­age.

The driver of the Mazda was iden­ti­fied as Run­yan. Troop­ers de­tected signs of pos­si­ble im­pair­ment and con­ducted an investigation. Their investigation led them to ar­rest Run­yan for driv­ing while im­paired.

A tow truck was called to trans­port the Mazda from the scene. When the tow truck ar­rived, troop­ers and deputies de­tected signs of the driver’s pos­si­ble im­pair­ment. Fur­ther investigation led to the ar­rest of the tow truck driver by deputies from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

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