HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WMAR) -
A Maryland Transportation Authority Corporal and Officer are recovering after being hit by a drunk driver during a traffic stop. They are also both being hailed as heroes.
It all started Wednesday night on I-95 at Route 100 when an officer pulled over a Taurus suspected of being stolen.
As the officer stopped the car on the shoulder, the Corporal came to assist him with the traffic stop. The two were standing on the side of the highway talking to the driver of the Taurus, who was in the process of repossessing the vehicle.
As they were interviewing the driver, a 2004 Nissan pickup truck driven by Tyrone Darby, Jr., 34, slammed into the back of the first patrol car. That patrol car pushed into the second and then into the Taurus.
Standing between the Taurus and the front patrol car, were the officer, Corporal and driver. Seeing the crash happening, the MdTA Corporal pushed the driver of the Taurus out of the way and was then hit by his own patrol car as was the officer.
The force of the hit send the Corporal into the roadway, where he was laying with a fractured leg. Without fear, the officer went into the lanes and grabbed the Corporal and brought him to the side of the road, and out of harms way.
Both the Corporal and officer were taken to Shock Trauma. The officer has since been treated and released for his injuries, however, the Corporal is still in getting treatment.
Darby, the driver of the Nissan, was charged with driving under the influence. Upon searching his vehicle, officers also found marijuana. He is also facing drug related offenses.
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