Officer grazed while directing traffic after Beltway crash
BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County police officer was grazed while directing traffic after a crash on the outer loop of the Beltway Tuesday afternoon.
Maryland State Police and Montgomery County police were on the scene of the crash, which happened between Conn. Avenue and Georgia Avenue around 3:30.
Montgomery County Fire and EMS says they were evaluating several injuries although none appeared serious.
While directing traffic at the scene, a Montgomery County Officer was brushed by a car and nearly hit head-on.
Obviously stunned and noticeably upset, the officer demanded the driver get out of the car once it stopped.
The officer banged on the window and roof and pulled the door handle but the man remained in the car for nearly a minute before finally exiting.
After getting out of the car, the man began to walk to the rear of the vehicle when the officer, right next to him, appears to put his hands on the man.
That's when the man fell to the ground. It's not entirely clear whether he gets shoved, his feet get tangled up, a combination of the two or something else.
The officer was taken to Suburban hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, a 58-year-old Baltimore man, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after failing a field sobriety test, according to Montgomery County police.
He was also charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
Any allegations of misconduct after the officer was grazed will be investigated as part of the internal affairs process.
The officer is a 20 year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department.