A Montgomery County Police Officer was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of I-270 overnight as police were searching for two alleged car thieves in the area. The officer was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident began shortly after midnight as police were pursuing a stolen car. The pursuit began on northbound I-270 at Montgomery Village Avenue, according to MCPD spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. The two alleged car thieves led police up I-270 northbound. During the pursuit, MCPD were able to get in front of the vehicle and put down Stop-Sticks.
The fleeing vehicle ran over the Stop-Sticks puncturing at least one tire, according to Starks. The alleged stole vehicle eventually pulled over near about a mile and half from Route 121/Clarksburg Road near the former ComSat campus. It was at this point that the two suspected car thieves bailed out of the car and began running on foot in different directions.
Additional police arrived on scene to assist in the search for the suspects. While police were searching the area, an officer was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes between Clarksburg Road and Father Hurley Boulevard. The driver that struck the officer remained on scene. MCPD closed the southbound lanes of I-270 for about 90-minutes until about 3:30 am as the incident was investigated and a Maryland State Police helicopter who had been assisting with the search for the suspected car thieves landed on I-270. The injured officer was loaded in the helicopter. The officer was flown to local trauma center.
The officer was not identified and Capt. Starks was unsure if the officer was assigned to 5D-Germantown or 6D-Montgomery Village. Charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle which struck the officer.
File Photo by Germantown Pulse.