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Charges for woman after trooper struck

Maryland State Police charged a 64-year-old woman with traffic violations after a trooper was struck by a vehicle on the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County Wednesday evening.

Barbara B. Ermler, of The Plains, was charged with reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to stop at an accident and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle using its signals, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said.

The trooper, who was struck in the leg and hand by a vehicle as he responded to an unrelated crash, was not seriously injured and is recovering at home, Shipley said.

The incident occurred on the outer loop of I-495 near the River Road exit at about 7:30 p.m., Shipley said. After the trooper was struck, he got back into his cruiser and followed the striking car. The trooper ultimately pulled over a driver, but it ended up being the wrong car.

Shipley said Ermler called authorities when she got home to report the incident, and said she had been unable to call from the car because her cell phone was not charged. He said she then came to police barracks.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | October 21, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod, Maryland, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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She must have know she hit the trooper for her to drive all the way home to call the police becuase her cell phone was not charged! ALL SHE HAD TO DO WAS TO STOP THE D@M TRUCK & PULL OVER !!

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | October 21, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

From Montgomery to The Plains, VA?!?!?! That's only what, about 50 miles? Wonder if they will check her cell phone records, just in case???? WHat if the records show she did make a call?

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | October 21, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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