Man evading police injures Maryland State Police trooper

FREDERICK, Md. - A Maryland State Police trooper had to be flown Shock Trauma after his cruiser was rammed multiple times by a man who evaded police in two counties, according to a release.

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Sgt. Scott Rice, 51, volunteered for an extra duty assignment Friday morning in Frederick, Md., along U.S. 340 and Route 17. Rice is primarily assigned to the Education and Training Division.

While on the extra assignment, Rice overheard a pursuit in progress headed in direction. A man driving a black Jeep Commander had eluded officers in both Howard and Carroll Counties.

The lights on Rice's cruiser were flashing as the suspect sped up behind the trooper and rammed the cruiser multiple times at a high rate of speed, according to the release.

The crash forced Rice off the road and into an embankment a little after 11 a.m. State Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Black said he could not comment on the nature of Rice's injuries, although they warranted a trip to the the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The pursuit continued into Virginia and West Virginia. West Virginia State Police immediately picked up the investigation in search of the suspect.

Rice was later discharged from Shock Trauma, according to hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rivers.

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