Police Reviewing Tuesday Beltway Incident

Montgomery County Police identified the driver and officer involved in this incident on Tuesday on the Beltway.

Police said Officer Francis McDonough, a 20-year-veteran of MCP, was helping Maryland State Troopers direct traffic at the scene of a multi-car accident near the Connecticut Avenue Beltway exit when a driver veered out of his lane and struck the officer.

The driver, 58-year-old Eugene Taylor of Baltimore, remained in his vehicle as McDonough banged on his window and car roof. Footage from a local news station helicopter above the scene then shows Taylor getting out of the vehicle and McDonough — clearly irritated — shoving McDonough to the ground.

Police said Taylor was arrested and charged for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Police also said Taylor’s breath sample upon his arrest showed a breath alcohol concentration of .22. Taylor was released after processing at a district station.

McDonough was taken to a local hospital by MCFRS personnel on the scene. Police said he sustained non-life threatening injuries and released.

According to a press release on Wednesday, the Police Department “is reviewing the circumstances of this incident.”

Via WUSA9, screenshot of driver colliding with police officer directing traffic at Beltway crash scene Via WUSA9, screenshot of Montgomery County Police officer shoving driver after driver drove into the officer on the Beltway

Video, screenshots via WUSA9

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