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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2011 3:15 am

A Delaware state trooper on patrol Friday morning suffered a medical emergency at the wheel, crossed into Maryland and crashed into several sports cars at Williams Chevrolet Auto Mall in Elkton, authorities said.

The Delaware State Police Reconstruction Unit and Maryland State Police continue to investigate the crash, which destroyed three Camaros, a Corvette and the trooper's patrol vehicle.

The trooper was driving his unmarked 2011 Ford Crown Victoria west on East Pulaski Highway near Wrangle Hill Road in Delaware at about 6:30 a.m. when he had the medical emergency, said DSP spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.

The trooper's car struck the left rear of a 2005 Toyota Camry, driven by a 48-year-old Bear woman, which was stopped at the intersection of Pulaski Highway and Wrangle Hill Road. The woman was not injured.

The trooper, still suffering from the medical emergency, continued west on Pulaski Highway approximately four miles before crossing into Maryland and leaving the roadway in front of the Williams Chevrolet Auto Mall.

The car overturned, struck several cars parked in the dealership and then landed upright in the parking lot, Shavack said.

The trooper, whose medical condition was not released due to privacy regulations, was treated at Christiana Hospital in Newark for non life-threatening injuries and released. Shavack would not immediately release the trooper's name.

"It's our department policy (in order) to protect him," Shavack said Friday.

On Sunday, he, once again, declined to identify the trooper, explaining, "We're not releasing his name, which is determined on a case-by-case basis."

Shavack deferred further questions to the Maryland State Police, which is investigating the crash.

Lt. John Cook, commander of the North East Barrack, also declined to identify the trooper on Sunday.

"At this point, Delaware (State Police) has requested that we do not release the name and I'm honoring that request," Cook said.

On Friday, Shavack said the trooper would resume his regular duties once he recovers from his injuries.

Barry Williams, owner of Williams Chevrolet Auto Mall, said the cars destroyed in the crash were valued between $150,000 and $175,000. The crash also knocked down a tree and a light pole.

"The carnage was extensive," Williams said. "He's lucky he got out of there."

Williams was not at the dealership when the crash occurred but was surprised by the damage once he arrived at the scene.

"We found a battery from one of my cars clear across the street," he said. "That's how hard the impact was."

Preliminary information indicates the trooper was wearing his seatbelt, Shavack said.

Cecil Whig reporter Carl Hamilton contributed to this story.


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  • samdoc posted at 6:11 pm on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    samdoc Posts: 2

    Sobriety test?

  • tracyann1028 posted at 8:25 am on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    tracyann1028 Posts: 0

    How come if I was involved in a accident my name, where I was from and what caused the accident i.e. seizure, heart attack, they would release all that to the media. However, because it's a police officer it's all hush hush. The police would release everything from how fast I was going who was in the vehicle with me. You name it they release it but this is al quiet. Why

  • nkshummingbird posted at 5:37 am on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    nkshummingbird Posts: 9

    If it is a privacy act not to name the officer then they should never give the names of any victims of any kind of accidents especially of those who died. Where is there privacy