A Prince George’s police officer was taken to the hospital early Friday after another driver hit and badly damaged the officer’s vehicle, according to authorities.
The officer was on a routine patrol, traveling south on Baltimore Avenue in Laurel when the crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m., said Officer Nicole Hubbard, spokeswoman for the Prince George’s police.
At the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Muirkirk Meadows Drive, a man driving a Toyota Camry crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the police car, Hubbard said.
It appears that speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash, she said.
The officer driving the vehicle was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries and has been released, Hubbard said. The driver, who suffered no injuries, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Hubbard tweeted a photo of the wrecked police car earlier this morning:
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) December 13, 2013
The roadway has been reopened, she said.