Two Maryland State Police troopers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries early Friday after their patrol car was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver, MSP officials said.
Sgt. Marc E. Black, an MSP spokesman, said that just after midnight, Trooper First Class Manuel Moreno, 42, a four-year veteran, and Trooper John Cabrera, 34, a three-year veteran, were investigating a crash on northbound I-95 near the exit for Sandy Spring Road in Laurel and returned to their vehicle to fill out reports. Although they had set flares and were using emergency equipment to warn drivers, a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire drove through the flares and struck the rear of the patrol car, Black said.
Both troopers were transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Arcenia D. Macklin, 48, of the 9000 block of Cherry Lane in Laurel, who was driving the Pontiac, refused medical treatment at the scene, and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, Black said.
A phone number for Macklin could not be found Friday.
Black said that as of Friday afternoon, both troopers were still receiving treatment at the hospital.
Online court and attorney records in connection with the incident were not yet available Friday afternoon.