Crime, Police/Fire

Hit-and-run driver arrested after striking state trooper in Joppa

JOPPA, MD—A driver who fled the scene after striking a state trooper who was conducting a commercial vehicle inspection on the side of the road on Thursday has been arrested.

The accused has been identified as Lawrence Barnes, 68, of Joppa. Barnes was driving a black GMC Sierra pickup truck at the time of the incident, according to the Maryland State Police. Barnes has been charged with failure to remain at the scene of an injury crash.

At just after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, a state trooper was conducting a commercial vehicle inspection along southbound Route 152/ Mountain Road, just south of I-95 in Joppa. The trooper was standing on the shoulder on the driver’s side of the commercial vehicle when she was struck by a pickup truck. The driver failed to stop at the scene and continued traveling southbound on Mountain Road.

The trooper who was struck was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. She is currently being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

A trooper assisting with the commercial vehicle inspection witnessed the incident and located the GMC Sierra pickup truck in between Route 7 and Route 40, approximately one-half mile away from the scene. He subsequently conducted a traffic stop and placed the driver under arrest for fleeing the scene of an injury crash.

This case remains under investigation.

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