Local digest: Gaithersburg man critically injured by police car

May 22
MARYLAND
Man struck by cruiser in critical condition

Montgomery County Police are investigating a crash that left a 61-year-old man in critical condition after he was hit by a police cruiser in Gaithersburg.

The crash occurred late Tuesday on Chestnut Street when a police officer was responding to a domestic violence call.

Police said Officer Drew Soldano, a seven-year veteran of the county police, was driving on Chestnut Street near East Diamond Avenue when he struck Otto Reed of Gaithersburg.

The initial investigation found that the officer was using his car’s lights and siren and that Reed was in the road and not in a crosswalk when he was hit, according to police.

— Dana Hedgpeth

VIRGINIA
Teacher charged with public intoxication

A Loudoun County public school teacher was charged with being drunk in public after school personnel contacted authorities Wednesday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies who went to Pinebrook Elementary School in Aldie shortly before 10 a.m. found that second-grade teacher Michael J. Corbett of Leesburg was under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.

Wayde Byard, spokesperson for Loudoun’s public schools, said no students were exposed to inappropriate behavior or danger as a result of the incident.

Corbett, 28, who joined the Loudoun school system in August 2012, has been placed on administrative leave, Byard said.

— Caitlin Gibson

THE REGION
Metro board approves improvements budget

Metro’s board of directors on Thursday officially ended its budget-making process for the next fiscal year, approving a $1.14 billion spending plan for capital improvements in the 12 months that start July 1.

Authorization of the capital budget by the board was all but a done deal after a key committee approved the plan a week ago. Added to the agency’s recently adopted $1.7 billion operating budget, the finalized capital budget means that Metro plans to spend close to $3 billion in the next fiscal year to operate and upgrade the Washington area’s bus network and the nation’s second-busiest subway system.

— Paul Duggan

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