A suspected impaired driver struck two Maryland state troopers on I-270 Thursday, according to Maryland State Police.
Shortly before 6:15 p.m., the Rockville Barrack received several calls from drivers reporting a suspected impaired driver heading southbound on I-270. State troopers were dispatched and responded to the area of I-270 and Montrose Road.
“With their emergency lights activated, the troopers parked their vehicles on the left shoulder, awaiting the suspected impaired driver. Moments later, both patrol cars were struck by the same suspected impaired driver operating a 2010 Chevy Impala traveling southbound on I-270,” Maryland State Police said.
Emergency medical service personnel and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration responded to the scene. The two state troopers were transported by ambulance to Suburban Hospital for treatment of their injuries. They were later released.
The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Kevin Junghans, 59, of Frederick City, Md. He was also transported to Suburban Hospital. Investigators believe drug impairment was a contributing factor in this incident.
Charges against Junghans are pending as the investigation continues. Officials will also consult with Montgomery County State’s Attorney.