Trooper charged with DUI after crash
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.”