Trooper charged with DUI af­ter crash

Record Observer - - Obituaries - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­

CE­CIL­TON — A Mary­land state trooper is fac­ing drunken driv­ing charges af­ter his marked pa­trol ve­hi­cle rear-ended a car in Ce­cil­ton Aug. 13, caus­ing mi­nor in­juries to a woman and a 10-year-old child, po­lice said.

Tfc. Tan­ner Nick­er­son, a six-year MSP vet­eran who is as­signed to the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle En­force­ment Divi­sion, was off-duty at the time of the crash, ac­cord­ing to Greg Ship­ley, an agency spokesman.

In ac­cor­dance with MSP pro­to­col, Nick­er­son, 26, of Wor­ton, has been sus­pended with pay, po­lice said. Nick­er­son is charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol, fail­ure to con­trol speed to avoid a col­li­sion, reck­less driv­ing and neg­li­gent driv­ing, po­lice said.

The pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates that Nick­er­son was driv­ing his agency Chevro­let Ta­hoe in the north­bound lane of North Bo­hemia Av­enue (state Route 213) shortly af­ter 9 p.m. on Sun­day, when he “failed to re­duce speed” and his ve­hi­cle crashed into the back of a Mercedes in the 200 block of that road, ac­cord­ing to Ship­ley.

An am­bu­lance trans­ported the Mercedes driver — a 49-year-old Cherry Hill, N.J., woman — and her 10-year-old pas­sen­ger to Union Hos­pi­tal in Elkton, where they were treated for what in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­scribed as mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said.

Nick­er­son had no re­ported in­juries, po­lice said.

State troop­ers han­dled the crash scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and now they are han­dling the con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice said.

“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,” Ship­ley said.

Wit­nesses told troop­ers that the emer­gency lights on Nick­er­son’s po­lice ve­hi­cle were ac­ti­vated, ac­cord­ing to Ship­ley, who said, “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined the trooper was off-duty and was not re­spond­ing to a call.”

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