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Leggett's Car Hit By Alleged Drunk Driver

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's car was struck Sunday evening by an allegedly drunk driver. Leggett and his wife, Catherine, were taken to Laurel Regional Hospital for a series of tests and released a few hours later at around 1:30 this morning, spokesman Patrick Lacefield said today.

Leggett's security officer, who was driving the county-owned vehicle, suffered injuries to her leg.

Leggett's car was making a left turn from Route 29 onto Route 198 in Burtonsville at around 10:30 p.m. He was heading home after a dinner for a Jewish community group when a westbound vehicle allegedly ran a red light and hit the passenger side of Leggett's car. The driver of the other car was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Lacefield said.

Leggett was resting at home this morning. After initially complaining of neck and back pain, Lacefield said, "He's feeling pretty sore," but expects to be back in the office sometime Tuesday.

Police identified the driver of the other vehicle as Kendall Sterling Smith of Wheaton. Lt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said Smith, 47, failed a series of roadside sobriety tests. Starks could not immediately say whether a breathalyzer test was administered.


By Ann Marimow  |  March 2, 2009; 9:54 AM ET
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I'm glad the Leggetts are OK. The intersection is well-lit, with good sight distances. Nobody should run a red light there.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | March 2, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Security Driver? County owned vehicle and gas?

Why does this official need this? Given the budget shortfalls, he needs to set a leadership example.

Posted by: edwardlee35 | March 2, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Who is paying for this "security driver" ?

Posted by: citigreg | March 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Security Driver? County owned vehicle and gas?" These comments are ridiculous, the Chief Executive of a County with a Multi-Billion dollar budget should be protected and driven around to official functions. The Meter-maid can have a car and the Cops can take cars home but the County Executive has to drive his Honda? "Who's paying" Get real, these are the times we live in, you Rube's need to go back to Fred-neck, or Slower Maryland and "get what you pay for in terms of services" MoCo this money well spent, image if anything worse happen the County Executive and this Lovely Wife (Good Forbid)!

Wishing a Speedy Recovery to all involved!

Posted by: drewbird911 | March 2, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Leggett has a security driver! He should have one. Leggett has to travel much more and at weirder hours than the average MoCo resident, so his risk of a wreck is higher. Of course, so is his risk of a stalker or whatever. Cut wacked-out new stuff in the budget instead, especially stuff that carries a porky smell.

Posted by: catbird500 | March 2, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope the "security driver" will be able to keep his job for the next County Executive, the one who will be elected after disgusted voters replace Incompetent Ike.

Posted by: CubsFan | March 2, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I live in MoCo and pay alot of taxes. I'm pretty confident drewbird911 pays a small if any amount of taxes.

Posted by: edwardlee35 | March 2, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does Leggett need a "security officer?" No wonder the county is having money problems.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 2, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

It is sad that the only information that you retrieved from this article is that he has a security driver. Of course the Chief Executive Officer of one of the most affluent counties in Maryland shall have a security officr and a driver. Just be happy that he wasn't hurt bad!

Posted by: drhall07 | March 2, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Security Driver? County owned vehicle and gas?" These comments are ridiculous, the Chief Executive of a County with a Multi-Billion dollar budget should be protected and driven around to official functions. The Meter-maid can have a car and the Cops can take cars home but the County Executive has to drive his Honda? "Who's paying" Get real, these are the times we live in, you Rube's need to go back to Fred-neck, or Slower Maryland and "get what you pay for in terms of services" MoCo this money well spent, image if anything worse happen the County Executive and this Lovely Wife (Good Forbid)!

Wishing a Speedy Recovery to all involved!


Do you swallow????

Posted by: askgees | March 2, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

ditto for askgees who is evidently the same small minded county employee

Posted by: edwardlee35 | March 2, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good to know Mr. Leggett is doing fine, how is the driver and what does she look like?

Posted by: ENJOYA | March 2, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

WASPish as Kendall Sterling Smith sounds, if the accident had to happen, it's kind of a shame the drunk wasn't an illegal immigrant. Politically, that would have been the "Perfect Collision."

Of course, in MoCo, police don't check citizenship status of arrestees unless a violent crime has been committed. So under Leggett's policy, it remains possible that the drunk who hit him WAS an illegal immigrant (with a Maryland driver's license). After all, let's not assume....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | March 2, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The usual morons crawl out of their hole when words like "security driver" are mentioned. These people must have spent the last twenty years in the basement. All county executives and mayors have security details. The DC mayor at one time had over fifteen police officers assigned to him.

With all of the idiots and mentally ill people wandering around it perfectly understandable that the county executive be accompanied by someone trained in security when he is attending official functions.

The driver is a county employee who would be doing something else if she had not been driving the Leggetts.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 2, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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