Dump truck hits police cruisers, driver in custody

GLENARDEN, Md. — A dump truck crashed into two parked police cruisers in Glenarden Wednesday, and investigators think the truck driver meant to do it.

It happened around midday in the parking lot of Woodmore Towne Centre where two Prince George’s County police officers, who were standing outside, had parked their police cruisers one behind the other.

They had parked to refill some fluids in their cars.

Lt. Bill Alexander with Prince George’s County Police says the driver of a truck from Allstar Utility Company, Inc. drove up and started yelling at the officers from inside his truck.

“The dump truck then drives away, and then a very short time later he has circled around the parking lot and purposely – we believe – drives into the two police cruisers, the officers standing nearby.  Thankfully they were not in their cruisers at the time.  Thankfully they were not hurt.”

One of the police cars suffered more damage than the other.

“Ultimately the dump truck comes to rest on top of the rear of the cruiser causing a significant amount of damage.  The tires of the dump truck are actually in the trunk of the car.”

After the crash, the man got out of his truck and aggressively confronted the officers.

No one was hurt and the driver was arrested.

It’s not clear yet what the man’s motivations were.


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Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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