Police Officer Seriously Injured in Gaithersburg Collision; Two Detained


Gaithersburg, MARYLAND — In a harrowing incident early Wednesday morning, an officer was gravely injured while attempting to halt a driver on I-270 in Gaithersburg, as confirmed by Montgomery County Police. The collision led to the apprehension of two individuals involved.

Responding promptly at approximately 4 a.m., officers arrived at the scene on Northbound I-270, just north of Exit 12 leading to Watkins Mill Road. Their mission was to intercept a driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence, according to police sources.

Taking strategic action, an officer stepped out of their vehicle to deploy stop sticks, a measure designed to deflate the tires of the suspect's vehicle. Tragically, this officer was struck by the driver of the vehicle in question, as detailed by law enforcement.

Undeterred, the car continued its northward course on I-270. A second officer successfully employed stop sticks, finally bringing the vehicle to a halt. Law enforcement confirmed that two occupants of the car were apprehended. Charges, however, have not been disclosed at this time.

A Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson reported that the injured officer was airlifted from the scene due to the severity of their life-threatening injuries. Police officials have stated that the officer remains in critical condition.

The aftermath of the collision prompted an initial closure of the highway, causing extensive morning traffic congestion that extended for miles.