Police: Md. man run over by officer after car chase dies

A Lexington Park man who was ejected from his car when it hit an embankment, and then was run over by an officer chasing him, died in a hospital early Sunday, police said.

According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to the American Legion in the 4300 block of Livingston Road in Indian Heat about 12:39 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a fight. As they arrived, police said, a Volkswagen Jetta sped away.

An officer who later spotted the Jetta followed it, according to police, before the Volkswagen’s driver lost control of his car and hit an embankment. The car’s driver and passenger were ejected, police said.

The officer chasing the Jetta did not see the men ejected, according to police, and drove over the passenger as he lay unconscious on the roadway. That man, 27-year-old Wallace Maddox, later died in a hospital.

The car’s driver, a 23-year-old, was being treated for serious injuries. Police continue to investigate. The officer who struck Maddox was not named in the Wednesday announcement.

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