Man charged with DUI after hitting police cars

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Waldorf man is charged with driving under the influence after crashing into two police cars of officers investigating an unrelated driving while intoxicated incident, say Charles County Sheriff's Office authorities.

According to authorities, on Saturday at 1:41 a.m., an officer had stopped a suspected drunk driver at Smallwood Drive and St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf. That driver, 40-year-old Erick Wayne Carter of Waldorf, was put in the officer's patrol car.

Another officer was in her patrol car parked directly behind the first patrol car when a vehicle crashed into her car, before hitting the first patrol car and Carter's car, say authorities. The striking car continued to travel until it landed in a ditch.

Authorities say when officers went to the car, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The driver, 24-year-old Marquis D'Angelo Hagens of Waldorf, became combative and resisted arrest, according to authorities. He was then subdued.

The officers and the drivers were transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, say authorities. The passenger in Hagens' car refused medical treatment.

Hagens was charged with driving under the influence, driving while suspended, failure to drive right of center and other traffic offenses, say authorities.

Carter was later charged with driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence and other traffic violations.

Authorities note that both officers' cars were disabled.


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