Berlin man charged with DUI after reportedly crashing into trooper vehicle

BERLIN, Md. - Police say that a Berlin man was charged with negligent driving and DUI, after crashing into a police vehicle in Worcester County, on Saturday morning.

According to Maryland State Police, at 12:35 AM on Saturday morning, a trooper with the Berlin Barrack, was investigating a single car crash northbound on M.D. Route 589 at Gum Point Road, in Berlin. Investigators say that a trooper arrested the at fault driver of the crash for DUI related offenses.

The suspect was wearing a seat belt in the right front passenger's seat of the trooper's assigned marked M.S.P. patrol vehicle. The emergency lights on the marked patrol vehicle were activated as the trooper sat in his patrol vehicle and waited for a tow vehicle to arrive and remove the suspect's vehicle from a ditch.

During this time, the trooper's assigned patrol vehicle was reportedly struck in the back by a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer, owned and driven by 33-year-old Denver Alan Shoemaker of Berlin, causing significant damage to both vehicles.

During the investigation, Shoemaker reportedly showed signs of impairment and after submitting to field sobriety tests was ultimately arrested for driving under the influence/driving while impaired.

Shoemaker was processed and taken before a District Court Commissioner and charged with negligent driving and DUI related offenses where he was released on his own recognizance.

Everyone reportedly refused medical treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

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