Driver al­legedly crashes with in­fants in ve­hi­cle

Woman charged with DUI, reck­less driv­ing

The Enterprise - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

A Lusby woman faces nu­mer­ous traffic charges for al­legedly caus­ing a crash while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence with 6-month-old twins over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Ni­cole Marie Bland, 32, faces a num­ber of traffic charges, in­clud­ing driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, neg­li­gent driv­ing, reck­less driv­ing and us­ing a hand­held tele­phone while the mo­tor ve­hi­cle is in mo­tion, on­line court records show.

Around 3:03 p.m. Satur­day, au­thor­i­ties were in­formed of a se­ri­ous crash at the Route 2 and Way­side Drive in­ter­sec­tion in Sun­der­land. Deputies and fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene to find a three-ve­hi­cle crash with two ve­hi­cles en­gulfed in flames, the re­lease states. Two at­tack line fire hoses were used to ex­tin­guish the blazes.

The pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed a 1997 Chevro­let Cav­a­lier, driven by Mathew Austin Smith, 29, of Bush­wood was wait­ing to turn at Way­side Drive when Bland, who was driv­ing a 2013 Dodge Car- avan, al­legedly struck his ve­hi­cle, send­ing him into on­com­ing traffic. The Cav­a­lier then struck a Toy­ota Prius, driven by Rachel Brod­er­ick, 33, of Hunt­ing­town, at which time both of their ve­hi­cles caught fire. Nearby cit­i­zens helped re­move the oc­cu­pants from their burn­ing ve­hi­cles.

Smith was trans­ported to med­i­cal care via heli­copter due to his in­juries. The press re­lease states that Bland was trav­el­ing with twin 6-month-olds se­cured in car seats. They were un­in­jured fol­low­ing the col­li­sion. The case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Dfc. Stephen Bowlan. Bland was trans­ported to the Calvert County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, where she posted her $10,000 bail. She is sched­uled for a June 28 trial in dis­trict court.


Two ve­hi­cles were en­gulfed in flames on Satur­day af­ter a crash at the Route 2 and Way­side Drive in­ter­sec­tion in Sun­der­land.

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