NEWARK, Del. — A Maryland State Police trooper was injured after a Florida woman crashed a stolen car into his cruiser on Interstate 95 late Sunday night, police reported.
About 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Delaware State Police was advised that Maryland State Police and Maryland Transportation Authority Police were in pursuit of a red Ford Focus that was traveling northbound on I-95 toward Delaware. The Ford had been reported as stolen out of St. Petersburg, Fla.
About 15 minutes later, DSP troopers arrived on scene to find that the stolen Ford and a Maryland State Police vehicle had been involved in a collision on northbound I-95 near the Christiana Road (Delaware Route 273) interchange, and had become disabled, police reported.
Taken into custody at that scene by Maryland officers were Quelinda Hallam, 22, and her 22-year-old male passenger, both of whom are from St. Petersburg, Fla., police reported. Both were turned over to the custody of the Delaware State Police and then transported to Troop 6 for further investigation.
The Maryland trooper, who is assigned to the JFK Highway Barracks in Perryville, suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash, police reported. Hallam and her passenger were not reportedly injured.
Hallam intentionally drove her vehicle into the Maryland trooper’s vehicle, causing the collision, according to DSP
Hallam was charged with first-degree reckless endangering, receiving stolen property greater than $1,500 and reckless driving. She was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 and then committed to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Her passenger, who was not charged in regards to the pursuit and therefore not identified by DSP, was charged with criminal contempt of a protection from abuse order, which had been issued out of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Pinellas County, Fla. He was subsequently committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.